Sunday, March 27, 2005

News of the Weekend (March 26/27)

Communist China planning to invade Taiwan in 2012, says highly placed source: An unnamed “high level CCP official” told the Epoch Times that the Communist leadership “set up the timeline for attacking Taiwan” early in 2004. The purpose for the invasion of the island democracy will be “to resolve conflicts inside China, no matter whether Taiwan announce independence or not.” The pieces of the plan were as follows:

Prior to 2008, every policy should center one the Olympics to further arouse Chinese people’s patriotism and prepare for attacking Taiwan. Around 2010, reorganize the Party and clean out all the members who are against military action. Around 2012, attack Taiwan and call for an Emergency Act inside China. Through the Emergency Act, the CCP could confiscate private property, especially people’s savings, to resolve its financial and economic crises. Eliminate the groups inside China that the CCP deems "anti-government forces", such as Falun Gong, unofficial churches, human rights activists, advocates for Tibetan independence, advocates for the independence of Xinjian (East Turkestan), and intellectuals. Arouse Chinese people’s patriotism through the Emergency Act in order to resolve the unemployment issue.

The aforementioned anonymous cadre fears “all these steps means China is closer to fascism.” This source specifically cited the newly minted “anti-secession law” as part of the plot to “give the right of calling for military actions to the CCP chairman.” That man is now Hu Jintao, who at the time of the plans formation was Vice-Chairman of the all-important Party Central Military Commission Chairman. Jiang Zemin, who as Party CMC Chair led the early 2004 discussion that led to the invasion plan, reportedly told Hu earlier this month, “if we have to attack Taiwan, the earlier the better.”

“Anti-secession law” angers one million Taiwanese and upsets Japan: If the above information is true, the Communists likely don’t care a whit about this, but roughly one million Taiwanese poured into Taipei to protest the “anti-secession law” (Voice of America via Epoch Times, Scotland on Sunday). They came from everywhere in the island democracy to protest the Communists, with one legislator commenting about the Communist reaction to the march (second item): “Nothing we do pleases them, so why should we care” (BBC). Meanwhile, Japan used a meeting with Communist military generals to express their problems with the “law” (Washington Times).

“Anti-secession law” attached to mass resignations: At a National Taiwan University symposium for the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party, Epoch Times editor-in-chief Guo Jun opined that the “anti-secession law” was “related to the 300,000 people withdrawing from the CCP.” At present, the resignations now stand at roughly half a million, and include more quitters from Taiwan and the U.S. – (both Epoch Times).

Secretary of State says Communist China will “make amends” on Taiwan: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the Washington Post that Communist China “will begin to make amends” for the “anti-secession law.” She also believed she made progress in pushing the Communists on Stalinist North Korea’s nuclear ambitions – and if you think you’ve heard this fallacy before, it’s because you have, and yes, it’s still wrong. Regarding SNK itself, Rice was silent – once again, no push for liberation.

Communists appoint new Ambassador to United States: Zhou Wenzhong is his name, and Vice Foreign Minister was his old post, where last fall he “demanded that the United States stop arming Taiwan and denounced the House resolution (on Hong Kong) as interference in China's domestic affairs” (Washington Times). This should be fun.

Would-be Tibetan refugee charged with lying: The Department of Homeland Security is claiming that Sonam Chodon lied about being a Tibetan nun to get into the U.S., claiming “when federal agents traveled to Nepal and showed Chodon's picture at the nunnery . . . people at the nunnery said they had never heard of her” (Washington Post). While yours truly is no lawyer, the fact that Nepal is itself a dictatorship cozying up to the Communists and deporting Tibetans as fast as they can find them (See Tibet News here, here, here, and here), the fact that the nunnery went silent of Ms. Chodon may say more about Nepal than it does about her.

As the Battle of Palace 88 heads to civil court, Falun Gong computers are attacked: In North Carolina, a Falun Gong practitioner was hit with a Trojan virus. What made the attack unusual was that it came via an e-mail supposedly from another practitioner, while “content of the email contained a list of Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China” (Epoch Times). From this quarter, it appears the latter practitioner was “spoofed” – it happened to yours truly twice last year – but who did the spoofing remains in question. What is more certain is what happened outside the Palace 88 Restaurant in New York two years ago, when a two practitioners were beaten by a pro-Communist mob lead by “Guanjun Liang and Junxiong Hua, leaders of the United Federation of the New York Chinese Associations” (Epoch Times). That case is now in civil court.

Commentary: The London Daily Telegraph zings EU leaders who want the arms ban on Communist China lifted (via Washington Times). Lev Navrozov, Newsmax, laments America’s refusal to recognize the Communist lead in the race for post-nuclear weapons.

News and Commentary on Stalinist North Korea: Stalinist Premier Pak Pong Ju returned home from Communist China saying nothing abut future talks on SNK’s nuclear arsenal (Washington Post, fourth item). Tony Bradbury, who heads the United Nation’s food aid efforts in SNK, called for more aid, but “rejected concerns that food aid from his agency was actually helping to feed North Korean government and army personnel” (VOA via Epoch Times). Numerous reports from dissidents/defectors have fingered the Stalinists for stealing food aid from their won people (seventh paragraph). Meanwhile, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom surprise no one by reporting “a pattern of arrest, imprisonment, torture and execution for public expressions of religion” (Washington Times, last item) in SNK.

However, the link of the weekend on SNK easily came from Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the North Korean Freedom Coalition. In the Washington Post, Cooper details the evidence of the Stalinist testing chemical weapons on their own people, and rightly demands the U.S. and its allies push to bring it to an end. Sadly, not even Cooper can bring himself to demand liberation for northern Korea.

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