Bush meets Hu Jintao in New York: President George Bush met Communist leader for talks at the United Nations summit in New York City. Hu made vague promises “to reduce the trade surplus” (BBC) with the U.S. (“expected to reach $200bn this year”), an even vaguer “commitment to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons,” and stonewalled the President on Iran. Meanwhile, just outside, a group of Hu welcomers – suitably bribed, no doubt (fourth item) – jostled for attention with Taiwan supporters, Falun Gong practitioners, and Tibet supporters (Epoch Times).
Talks on Stalinist nuclear weapons begin: The latest round of overhyped talks on Stalinist North Korea’s nuclear weapons began in Beijing today, with SNK demanding a “right to peaceful nuclear activity” (Washington Times), or a “proposal compensating for the loss of nuclear energy” – i.e., reopen the aid spigots. Oddly enough, no one seemed to notice the compensation comments, which could very well be the road the U.S. takes toward a deal with the Stalinists – and no, that would not be a good thing.
Communist China still calling its rise “peaceful”: Communist China is now employing “Communist Party insider Zheng Bijian” (Newsmax) to sell the notion that Communist China is merely attempting a “peaceful rise” to world power status. Don’t believe it.
More on Communist China and the United States: The editors of the Epoch Times, compare Communist China and international terrorism. Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online, is skeptical about America’s ability to convince the nations of Europe that it’s in their best interest to stand with the U.S. against terror and the CCP (perhaps the views of the European Parliament would ease his anxiety).
Communist-owned oil firms to drill in Kazakhstan: Communist-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp. and Chinese National Petroleum Corp. inked a deal with Kazmunaigas, a Kazakh firm owned the government there, “to explore for oil and gas in the northern Caspian” (United Press International via Washington Times, last item).
As resignations from the Chinese Communist Party passed 4.3 million, a rally in their support was held in Sydney, Australia (Epoch Times). Among those who made an appearance were defectors, Chen Yonglin, Hao Fengjun, and Yuan Hongbing.
More on events inside Communist China: Wang Zhen, Epoch Times, speculates on why Hu Yaobang is suddenly being lionized, and finds it’s all about preserving the Party.
Party orders city to nix “weird” foreign names from developments: Communists in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, “banned the use of foreign names for buildings and property developments” (BBC). The cadres replaced the “weird foreign titles” already in place with monikers designed “to keep our local characteristics.”