A memorial service for Zhao Ziyang will be held on Saturday (1-4 PM) on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Yours truly has decided to merge his postponed memorial with this event. Information courtesy of the China Support Network, which also includes calls for a restoration of Zhao’s reputation and a tougher Communist China policy from the U.S.
Hostages going to jail? That remains a possibility as Communist China insisted that “any illegal activity” regarding how the eight ex-hostages in Iraq left Communist China “will be dealt with according to law” (United Press Int’l via Washington Times). Thus the fact that the eight hostages escaped Communist China, rather than leave at its behest, may land them in another prison (third item).
Terrorist scare in Boston a hoax: The FBI publicly disavowed supposed information on a terrorist threat in Boston involving a “dirty bomb” and 14 people from Communist China. The information was shown to have “no credibility” (Epoch Times).
Arnaud de Borchgrave joins the CCP: The gentleman’s Newsmax column ripped President Bush’s inaugural address on several fronts, but it was this sentence that turned my stomach: “If China followed Mr. Bush's remedy of freedom and democracy, a unitary state of 1.3 billion people would fall apart and communist-style warlords would be back in business.” The CCP will be happy to know how much Mr. de Borchgrave agrees with them on democracy.
What’s President Bush doing to Taiwan? That’s what Dan Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute, and Randy Scheunemann, the Project for a New American Century, are asking in their call for him to return to his 2001 insistence that the island democracy will be defended “whatever it takes,” lest the Communist conclude that “President Bush's commitment to defend Taiwan is no more than a poker player's bluff.”
Date for Zhao Ziyang’s funeral set: Communist China announced it will bury Zhao Ziyang on Saturday in a “low-key ceremony . . . rather than a state funeral” (BBC). Of course, “only a limited number of people who have registered ahead of time will be able to go,” i.e., no one who would mourn Zhao for his courageous refusal to support the Tiananmen massacre of 1989. Instead, they get beaten too a pulp with an eye knocked out of its socket (World Net Daily).
Mourners still honor Zhao: The Communists have tried to prevent anyone from giving Zhao the honor he deserves, but many are still able to do in their own way. One Tiananmen survivor had his picture taken with pro-Zhao posters: “Zhao Ziyang’s soul sees me from heaven” (Epoch Times). Others formed the Zhao Ziyang Memorial Committee – one of their members spoke to Sound of Hope Radio. Finally, of course, there is Saturday’s event in Washington, DC.