Thursday, March 24, 2005

News of the Day (March 24)

Oops! “Anti-secession law” creates backlash: It is just beginning to dawn on the cadres that their “anti-secession law” against Taiwan is “spoiling a strategy for relations with Taiwan, undercutting a drive to end Europe's arms embargo and reinforcing unease over the growth in Chinese military power” (Washington Post via MSNBC).

Communist Crackdown on campus web sites expands: The Communists’ evisceration of a student BBS at Qinghua University (called Tsinghua by the Washington Post) is not unique: “similar restrictions were put in place at universities in Shanghai, Tianjin, Xian, Hangzhou, Jilin, Wuhan and Guangzhou.” Nanjing University also saw this crackdown – despite a student protest similar to the one at Qinghua/Tsinghua (third item).

Taiwanese businessman talks about dangers of investing in Communist China: Xue Yuhuang, a Taiwanese businessman, talked to the Liberty Times about his harrowing experiences as an “investor” in Communist China. He fought and lost, against local corruption, and while he “was able to recover 90 percent of the original investment and able to withdraw successfully, but his brother-in-law, who had invested $70 million in Taiwan currency, lost every penny” (Liberty Times via Epoch Times).

Resignations approach 450,000: The number of Chinese Communist Party members resigning in response Nine Commentaries passed 450,000 (Epoch Times).

On the “legacy” of Tiananmen: The quotes are for attribution, not sneering, since Jim Hoagland of the Washington Post used it to describe why he and so many others (including this quarter) refuse to accept Communist China’s continuing rise with open arms: “because time has not wiped away the essential truth the Chinese government continues to deny: The 1989 protests were among the greatest acts of mass valor and decency in that or any nation's history.”

China Inc. reviewed again: This time The New Republic’s Hope Glassberg examines the book, and finds it too broad in scope, but does not go after it the way other reviewers have for its political tin ear (fifth item).

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