Hu Jintao to speak at Yale; Falun Gong wants Bo Xilai out of delegation: The news that Communist Commerce Minister Bo Xilai will come with Hu Jintao for the regime leader’s trip to the U.S. has angered Falun Gong practitioners. Before becoming Commerce Minister, Bo was Governor of the thoroughly corrupt Liaoning Province, and oversaw the local persecution of Falun Gong, which was especially brutal. The spiritual movement is hoping Bo is denied and entry visa (Epoch Times). One early flashpoint is sure to be Hu’s scheduled speech at Yale (Voice of America via Epoch Times).
Now the U.S. tries textile talks: After the EU couldn’t reach a deal with Communist China on the latter’s surge in textile exports to the former (sixth and eighth items), the U.S. is beginning its own talks with the cadres (BBC). The U.S. slapped restrictions on Communist textile exports after the end worldwide textile trade curbs on January 1 (fifth item) led to a Commnunist export surge that has, among other things, crowded out exporters from developing nations in the process (fifth, fourth, and second items).
Communist China finally lets UN torture rep visit: After years of stalling, Communist China “agreed to allow visits by senior United Nations human rights officials – including, for the first time, an expert who focuses on allegations of torture” (Cybercast News). The torture official Australian lawyer, Manfred Nowak, said he would visit, among other places, the occupied nations of Tibet and East Turkestan.
Ethan Gutmann rips American tech sector for aiding in Communist censorship: The author of Losing the New China, speaking at a forum in Taipei, “criticized American corporations for facilitating the world's largest ‘big brother’ Internet by pointing an accusing finger at Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and search engine Google” (Taiwan News).
Ignorant Comment of the Day: Buried in an otherwise very good piece on Communist China’s cyberwarfare capabilities, Peter Brookes, New York Post, unleashes this clunker: “China isn't necessarily America's next enemy.” One assumes he hasn’t read this.
More Commentary on Communist China: Liu Guifu is one of the many Falun Gong practitioners suffering in Communist labor camps. Her daughter, Purdue University student Meng Xiangji, spoke the Epoch Times about her plight. Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch, in his desperate attempt to make money selling programming in Communist China, followed the Communist party line faithfully – and nauseatingly – for years. As Time Asia’s Matthew Forney discovered, it has practically come to naught. Finally, Communist China’s continued reach into Africa (third, sixth, sixth, seventh, sixth, ninth, and twelfth items) caught the attention of Fred Bridgland, Sunday Herald (Scotland).
More on Stalinist North Korea: As Representatives Tom Lantos (D-California) and Jim Leach (R-Iowa) visited SNK to prod the regime back to the overhyped six-party talks on its nuclear weapons (BBC), the U.S. military “is making significant changes in strategy and would rely largely on sensors, smart bombs, high-speed transport ships and other hi-tech assets in any conflict with North Korea” (Newsmax).