Wednesday, July 27, 2005

News of the Day (July 27)

Communist China’s ties to Iran growing deeper: In an attempt to challenge what they consider “a hegemonist run amok” (Washington Times) – i.e., the United States – Communist China and Iran’s already close alliance is flourishing.

Stalinist North Korea makes demands of U.S. at talks: The Stalinist regime demanded that “the US to remove its own nuclear arsenal from South Korea” (BBC) and establish diplomatic relations in exchange for pledging to end its own nuclear weapons program. The former is likely a reference to American naval vessels that swing by South Korea (and possibly Japan). All at the negotiating table are “are determined to move forward and make progress” at the talks, begging the question, again: Will they never learn?

Chen Yonglin attends DC rally and testifies to Australian Senate: Chen Yonglin, the former Communist consular officer in Sydney, Australia, attended the anti-CCP rally in Washington, DC, on Friday (Epoch Times, China Support Network). This week, he also testified before an Australian Senate committee inquiry on his harrowing ordeal with Australian authorities during his first attempt to defect (Epoch Times). We repeat our call for the U.S. to grant Hao Fengjun asylum.

Communists arrest 100 in Bible study: A Bible study in Hebei Province came to an abrupt end as Communist police stormed it “and arrested everyone present” (World Net Daily). It was the latest in the Communist crackdown against the tens of millions of Christians who refuse to worship in Communist-controlled “churches.”

More lies about a disease outbreak? Communist China is feeling the heat, again, amid an outbreak of what it claims is a pig-based bacterial infection that has already killed two dozen people in Sichuan Province. Already, we now know that the regime “knew of the first cases on 24 June but it only allowed the story out on 25 July” (BBC). However, experts cited by the Epoch Times “suggest that a swine bacterium is an unlikely cause.” The Communists “offered neither the raw data nor the samples that would be required to do a credible genetic assessment.” A similar cadre coverup allowed SARS to fester in Communist China for months and spread throughout the world.

U.S. wants more assurances from Israel on Communist China arms: The United States “has refused to rescind sanctions against Israel until the latter proves it has increased its monitoring of security-related exports” (Ha’aretz, Israel). The U.S. “wants to see Knesset legislation enacted within 18 months tightening oversight of military exports” plus “a written apology from Israel and (Defense Minster) Mofaz.” The latest flap “erupted over Israel's sale to China of replacement parts for Harpy attack drones.” That sale was subsequently cancelled (sixth and fifth items).

Mugabe gets aid and support from Communist China: Communist China continued its policy of making the world safe for dictators with a new agreement with one of its favorites: Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe (third, sixth, and sixth items). The deal nets Mugabe “loans in exchange for trade and mineral concessions” (BBC). Moreover, according to Mugabe, the Communists “will never allow” the United Nations Security Council to make any statement on his massive “slum clearance,” which has wiped out nearly a quarter of a million homes.

Clinton to attend Communist internet summit: Former President Bill Clinton “be the keynote speaker at the 2005 China Internet Summit” (Newsmax) in September. The summit “will address the key issues facing China's Internet industry, including globalization strategies, the future of online gaming and the development of e-commerce,” but apparently not the cadres’ continuing crackdown on cyberdissidents.

On Communist China and the United States: The editors of the Washington Times react to Communist China’s pint-sized currency move with a distressing free-trade rant. Paul Craig Roberts, Newsmax, takes aim at the willingness of so many Americans to sned jobs and factories to Communist China, but even his economics-only argument ignores the national security issue (except on Navy shipbuilding). Sarah Shenker,
BBC, examines the geopolitical chess game over American troops in Kyrgyzstan.


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