News of the week: 9-14 November 2013

Top Story – Communist China still engaged in mass spying against Taiwan: Despite all of the kisses blown to the mainland by Ma Ying-jeou’s government, the Chinese Communist Party “continues to engage in ‘aggressive espionage activities’ against Taiwan, says a report to the US Congress” (Taipei Times).

Turkey backing away from Chinese Communist missiles: The NATO member had raised eyebrows among its allies when it decided to buy surface-to-air missiles for defense from Communist China.  Now, Turkey’s Defense Minister says he wants to see more bids, which is taken as a sign “Turkey will likely now select a missile defense system from a country other than China” (Epoch Times).

Say what? Justin Trudeau has high praise for Chinese Communist regime: The leader of Canada’s Liberal Party spouted the Friedmanesque nonsense about the regime having the power to “go green fastest” (Yahoo), leading to the question of whether he is a craven admirer of the regime or just an ignorant fool (Epoch Times). Then again, there is plenty of company for that (Epoch Times).

Confucius Institutes extend the Long Arm of Lawlessness to the US: Marshall Sahlins (Nation) has the details on how the regime uses the institutes to stifle discussion about the regime’s atrocities and geopolitical ambitions.

More International News: The regime-owned CNOOC inks a deal with British Columbia for a potential liquified natural gas pipeline (Upstream). The regime ups its aid for the typhoon-damaged Philippines (Manila Bulletin). An Idaho town learns that investment from Communist China is not all it’s cracked up to be (Idaho Statesmen). Wen Jian (Epoch Times) examines the pitiful quality of Communist Chinese exports.

Chinese Communist Party holds Third Plenum: The regime’s elite gave more vague comments about “reform” (Epoch Times), but its tyranny continued unabated (Epoch Times). The only loosening even considered was a very slight change to the hideous “one child” policy (Epoch Times).

Arrest of reporter sparks protests in Tibet: Tsultrim Gyaltsen was arrested last month, and many in Tibet are demanding his release, which is getting them arrested, too (Epoch Times).

Korean Viceroy publicizing executions in the colony: According to Breitbart, the capital offenses were “relatively minor infractions, such as watching South Korean movies or distributing pornographic material.”

News of the Day: 8 November 2013

Top Story – Japanese military drills move missiles to Okinawa and Miyako: This is the first time the latter island has hosted missiles, and a clear sign that the Japanese are serious about defending territory under their control from spurious Communist Chinese claims. Naturally, the Chinese Communist regime was not happy. Report: Taipei Times

Dissidents within Communist China join call to keep the regime out of the UN Human Rights Council: The Chinese Human Rights Defenders has the details, including not only complaints about the regime’s behavior within China, but also its kid-gloves treatment of the world’s worst tyrannies. Report: Epoch Times

Other Human Rights News: The editors of the Epoch Times call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong. The paper <a href= “http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/348895-canadians-moved-by-chinas-conscience/”also examines a new film on the life of Gao Zhiseng.

Taiwan signs free trade agreement with Singapore: The deal is “the first of its kind with a Southeast Asian country” (Taipei Times ).
Pro-unification party in Taiwan has ties to organized crime: Police in the island democracy have found extensive links between the China Unification Promotion Party and gang activity. Report: Taipei Times

Other Taiwan News: The editors of the Taipei Times lament how the national flag can cause such controversy – mainly because so many refuse to acknowledge Taiwan’s true status. Ping Lu examines the troubling similarities between the island democracy and Hong Kong (Taipei Times ). The opposition Democratic Progressives hit President Ma Ying-jeou on an issue that should be familiar to Americans – the debt-ceiling (Taipei Times ).

Investors pulling out of Kaesong: Clearly the Viceroy’s behavior has many businesses from democratic Korea skittish about putting their money in the colony. Report: One Free Korea

News of the Day: 7 November 2012

Top Story – Canadian government told Blackberry to stay away from Lenovo: According to the Globe and Mail, Communist Chinese firm Lenovo “actively considered a bid for BlackBerry Ltd., but the Canadian government told the smartphone company it would not accept a Chinese takeover because of national security concerns.” The Canadian firm chose against selling itself altogether this week.

New term for US-China relations – “cool war”: That’s the phrase coined by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman, who tells the National Post that the Communist regime is “both a cooperative economic power and a highly competitive geopolitical power.” I’m not sure I’m as sanguine about the CCP’s incentives to be “cooperative” as Feldman is, but he is one of the few analysts who will acknowledge the geopolitical competition.

Xi Jinping looking to further consolidate power: That won’t be the headline from this Stratfor story, but it is the inevitable take away.

Korean colony’s new missile could hit the US: Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of American forces in the Pacific, informed foreign reporters of this on Tuesday. The missile in question – KN-08 – was paraded through Pyongyang last year, along with a launcher system sent to the Viceroy by his colonial masters in Zhongnanhai, in “a militarily significant violation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea” (Washington Times).

News of the Week (sort of): 1-6 November 2013

Top Story – Communist Chinese regime wants seat on UN Human Rights Council, never mind its history: The Chinese Communist Party are hoping to land on the UHRC thanks in part to their competition – Vietnam and Saudi Arabia (Epoch Times). Then again, given the detainment of Sun Desheng and the treatment of Chen Yongzhou (Epoch Times), perhaps Vietnam and Saudi Arabia may be in better shape.

How the two halves of China live: The Communist Party elite have the Pei County office building, where “One cadre’s office is 1,000 square feet large, and includes its own break room—with wood paneling, couches, plants, flowers, and a double bed” (Epoch Times). Everyone else gets a lake of dead fish and lung cancer…in an eight-year old (Epoch Times).

Computer engineers in Taiwan rail against cross-strait service pact: The CCP-KMT deal finds more opponents (Taipei Times).

News from the Korean colony: One Free Korea rails against the Viceroy’s decision to starve his population in order to feed his military, which is still having its problems.

News of the Day: 1 November 2013

Top Story – Communist Chinese military documentary labels US as the enemy: The film, produced by the regime’s National Defense University, “says that the United States has for decades been attempting to subvert China and bring down the Communist Party” (Epoch Times). Of course, the regime itself has also been busy challenging the US, particularly in military terms (Washington Times), yet most of American media continues not to notice (Weekly Standard).

Yet wealthy Chinese need America for children: In order to get around the hideous “one child” policy, “are increasingly using the services of American surrogate mothers” (Epoch Times).

Another land seizure causes protests: This one occurred in Jincheng, Yunnan, where 12 hectares of farmland were seized by local cadres to build a tourist trap. When locals protested, police came in with tear gas; the locals responded by “smashing more than 30 police vehicles” (Epoch Times).

Who is Ma Ying-jeou? Ethan Epstein (Weekly Standard) attempts to make the case that Ma is a badly misunderstood politician looking to advance Taiwan’s interest. The fellows at the Taipei Times makes a stronger case that Ma has grown too cozy with the CCP. Voters in the island democracy seems to agree with the latter (Taipei Times).

Other Taiwan News: Ma showcased the new military strength of the P-3C (Taipei Times). Outside experts say the Taiwanese military needs a lot more (Taipei Times). Finally, Apple stops referring to the island democracy as a Chinese province (Taipei Times).

News of the Day: 31 October 2013

Top Story – Communist Chinese regime outraged that US is spying on them: Yeah, I was laughing as I typed it, but the regime is going through the motions of shock and demands for answers after reports that the Australia was using its embassies to aid in American surveillance of terrorists and others (Washington Times). Australia’s consulate in Taipei was also involved (Taipei Times). The regime apparently prefers using conferences for its espionage (Epoch Times).

Speaking of Australia, its recent change in government may have led the Chinese Communist Party to think the ban on Huawei for the National Broadband Network would be lifted. No such luck (Australian).

More Taiwan News: Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) calls for the US to provide greater support to Taiwan’s military (Taipei Times). Apple’s new iOS7 (which the future Mrs. China e-Lobby can’t stand) falls for the CCP line on Taiwan “as another province” (Epoch Times).

More on Communist China and the United States: Stephen Mosher of the Population Research Institute discusses the regime’s ambitions, and how America gets in the way. Sushil Seth sees some financial hurdles for the regime (Taipei Times).

Communist regime propaganda effort goes horribly wrong: The only line you need from the Washington Times piece is this: “…the missing half of one man’s body and the bizarre doll-like appearance of the elderly subject sent a different message: epic Photoshop failure.” Ouch!

Communist regime fires village chiefs in Qinghai: The three leaders took part in a protest against the regime. Report: Epoch Times

News from the CCP’s Korean colony: The Viceroy is recruiting internet trolls and putting malware in online games on porn – not quite the Zhongnanhai way of cyberwar (One Free Korea).

News of the Day: 30 October 2013

Top Story – Japan promises to shoot down Communist Chinese drones if they fly over the Senkakus: Japan’s Prime Minister “gave orders to the Defense Ministry to shoot down any foreign drones that ignore warnings to leave Japanese airspace” (Epoch Times). For Japan, that includes the Senkaku Islands, but the Chinese Communist regime has said knocking down a drone over the Senkakus would be “an act of war.”

Communist Chinese regime reveals its nuclear submarine fleet: The show of naval force was clearly aimed at the aforementioned Japanese, but as noted by the Epoch Times, the Philippines has recently been standing up to CCP aggression lately. Also reporting: Washington Times

Taiwanese opposition wants to keep Huawei out of government IT, and National Security Bureau agrees: NSB Director Tsai De-shang promised the legislature’s National Defense Committee that he would “support a policy to bar the use of 4G telecommunication equipment manufactured by China’s Huawei Technologies Co. in Taiwan” (Central news Agency via Focus Taiwan). The Committee passed a resolution to that effect, a resolution sponsored by members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party. Also reporting: Taipei Times

Kuomintang-CCP pushing closer ties, but opposition is not happy: The ruling parties in Zhongnanhai and Taipei are still pushing closer ties (Taipei Times), despite the latter’s growing unpopularity (Taipei Times).

Other Taiwan News: The Legislature ratifies a free-trade deal with New Zealand (Taipei Times). Calls continue for the government’s wiretapping to stop (Taipei Times). Eric Chiou sounds the alarm about the island democracy’s military readiness (Taipei Times).

Other International News: Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ) calls on the Chinese Communist regime to free Guo Feixiong (Epoch Times). The Long Arm of Lawlessness aims at a leading Uighur exile (Epoch Times).

Communist regime tries satellite dish installers in secret, unlike Bo Xilai trial: The regime clearly doesn’t want the trial of folks who just wanted outside information to go public (Epoch Times). Then again, after the Bo Xilai trial didn’t quite follow the script (National Post), Zhongnanhai is taking no chances.

On the firing of Xia Yeliang: He Qinglian, the Epoch Times columnist and economist-turned-dissident-turned-exile, pans the dismissal, and the regime that continues to place complete control over academic excellence.

Hong Kong residents want answers to TV license cancellation: The decision to take Hong Kong Television (HKTV) off the air smacks of political interference to the pro-democracy movement in the city. Report: Epoch Times

News on the CCP’s Korean Colony: One Free Korea sees yet another attempt at talks with the Viceroy on the horizon, and gives it a well-deserved rhetorical 2×4. OFK also takes aim at one of the Viceroy’s favorite visitors – Dennis Rodman.

News of the Day: 28 October 2013

Top Story – Communist regime’s human rights abuses getting more attention: The Chinese Communist Party’s brutal treatment of the Chinese people has long been a concern for human rights activists (Washington Post). Now, it’s beginning to get the attention of those watching the economy in Communist China, since the need for innovation and growth is heavily dependent upon genuine freedom (Telegraph, UK).

Unfortunately, the regime doesn’t seem to get the message, what with newspapers forced to accept its reporters being jailed and protesters disappearing after meeting police (Epoch Times). The regime can’t even allow unvarnished reporting of car crashes these days (Epoch Times, Washington Post, and Washington Times). Their excuses are getting more inventive, though; they now claim political freedom will “confuse” people (Epoch Times).

Regime tries new tactic to get people off land to be seized – hire relatives to the bulldozing squad: I wish I were kidding. Report: Epoch Times

Lookout Communist China; India’s looking to compete in Africa, and unlike the Communist regime, India doesn’t have any neo-colonialist history on the continent. Report: The Economist

Other International News: With Bo Xilai disgraced and imprisoned, “engagement” backers in Canada need a new friend (Globe and Mail, Canada). Sadly, they’re getting very busy on that (Globe and Mail).

On the erosion of “one country, two systems”: Most of us in the anti-Communist community were skeptical of the “one country, two systems” nonsense the regime spouted for Hong Kong. The regime increasingly proves us right (Epoch Times).

Kuomintang joins CCP in wanting cross-straits service deal: The ruling party on the island democracy is clearly hoping another endorsement from the CCP would help. Heaven knows why (Taipei Times).

On the CCP’s Korean colony: One Free Korea sees bad news in Malaysia, but good news in…the news.

News of the Day: 25 October 2013

Top Story – Japanese military doing its own drills for fighting off Communist Chinese invaders: Japan’s Self-Defense Forces “are forging a capability for amphibious operations intended for the defense of the chain of islands that stretch from southern Japan almost to Taiwan” (Taipei Times). Defense in this case includes “driving the Chinese off if they get there first.” Among the activities are amphibious exercises conducted in California.

Concern growing over Communist Chinese influence on Taiwan: As the presidency of Ma Ying-jeou careens toward its 2016 end, there is growing concern that his Kuomintang Party will continue to cozy up to the mainland Communists, with disastrous results for the people (Taipei Times). Exiled dissident Yuan Hongbing noted the precedent of Tibet as he warned the Taiwanese people to steer well clear of Zhongnanhai (Taipei Times). Meanwhile, the cross-straits services deal continues to languish (rightly so) as the smaller “pan-green” party (Taiwan Solidarity Union) took aim at it (Taipei Times).

Western politicians speak out on Communist China’s human rights abuses: Former Canadian parliamentarian David Kilgour spoke in Toronto (Epoch Times) while current Congressman Dana Rohrbacher addressed a rally in Long Beach, California (Epoch Times).

Fareed Zakaria spared Idiotic Comment of the Day, barely: At first, when I saw this from the Washington Post columnist on Xi Jinping et al

More surprisingly to many, the new leadership has begun a sweeping crackdown on dissent.

…I was certain to hand him the dubious honor. After some thought, though, I realized he was attributing that “surprise” to others. Moreover, he did seem to get the Three Rules on Corruption. So I decided to spare him, but it was close.

News of the Day: 24 October 2013

Top Story – Major Communist-owned banks write off loans…and employees: The largest banks in Communist China – all of them owned by the regime itself – “wrote down bad loans to the tune of 22.1 billion yuan ($3.65 billion) in the first half of the year” (Epoch Times). That’s nearly three times the size of last year’s write-off, and a clear sign that the economy is headed for trouble. The banks have also responded to bad times by slashing staff – thousands of fired employee took to the streets in protest (Epoch Times).

Communist land seizures get bigger and bloodier: In Guangdong, villagers by the thousands flooded the capital with demands for justice after losing their land to “sales” by the regime (Epoch Times). Normally, the cadres can simply transfer land rights by fiat (the regime owns the land), but in this province, they went the extra mile:

Residents said that the officials secretly sold or transferred ownership of mountain property, beaches, and farmland, forged villagers’ signatures, and secretly signed a contract for logging forest land.

Of course, the cadres promised an investigation “with no results.” Then again, that was better than what villagers in Fujian faced (Epoch Times):

A mob 200 hundred strong, made up of the urban administrative law police known as Chengguan, who specialize in brutal control methods, riot police, regular police, and 70-80 out-of-town hired thugs descended on Wudu, a village in the town of Nanyu, within the city limits of Fuzhou, the capital of southern China’s Fujian Province.

They surrounded a villager’s house as its forced demolition began. Villagers at the site were attacked by the Chengguan and their hired goons; at least 10 people were severely beaten.

At some point the Deputy Mayor of Nanyu is said to have ordered that the villagers be beaten to death, and then have their bodies removed immediately. Those villagers, who were already lying on the ground after having been severely beaten, were then beaten again.

Ambulances arrived at the scene, but the Deputy Mayor would not allow them to help the injured.

Such are the priorities of the Chinese Communist Party.

Dissident writer back in jail as cadres ransack his home: Lu Gengsong is described by the Epoch Times as a “writer and advocate for political reform and democracy in China.” So, of course, the Communists have to harass him whenever possible. Stuff like this continues to get the regime attention it does not like (Epoch Times), but not nearly enough.

Communist Navy conducts massive exercise amid plans to militarize South Pole: The October 17 drill was the regime’s “largest ever naval exercise” (Epoch Times), although a Communist General insisted the drills “do not target any third parties” – cold comfort to the neighbors who are disputed the cadres’ ever increasing territorial claims, claims which now might even include Antarctica (Voice of Russia via Spacewar).

Newest pet food problem – jerky from Communist China killing American dogs: The source of the ailment is not yet known. Report: Epoch Times

Hong Kong News: Zhu Li (Epoch Times) has an uplifting story on how a prosecutor in the city went from a human rights scourge to its champion. Meanwhile, the rest of the city regime trains its CCP-enabling eye on the television industry (Epoch Times).

Taiwan wiretapping scandal expanded to 15 victims: Next magazine “reported that the telephone calls of 13 former and sitting lawmakers had been tapped, in addition to those of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming and former DPP legislator Tang Bi-a, whose cases had already been disclosed” (Taipei Times). Even members of the ruling Kuomintang Party were swept up in the tapping.

Is the Korean colony planning another nuclear test? Satellite photos detected activity that “suggests that the rogue communist nation is preparing to conduct another illegal atomic weapons blast”. Report: Washington Times