U.S. capitulated to Communist China on SNK nuclear deal: The Bush Administration acquiesced to the overhyped agreement on Stalinist North Korea’s nuclear weapons because “it could end up blamed for the failure of the talks” (Time Asia). The American negotiators at the six-party talks had actually rejected the deal as proposed by Communist China, but reversed course and backed down after the Communist China’s negotiator, Wu Dawei, told them “This is the final draft . . . Take it or leave it” (Newsweek, who then drove the point home with this line: “America hewed to the Chinese line, not the other way around”). Meanwhile the dispute over when the Stalinists get the light-water reactor it wants finds the Communists (and the dovish South Koreans) taking SNK’s side (One Free Korea) Anyone still think this “agreement” was not surrender by another name?
More from One Free Korea: The Friendly Blog takes note of Communist China’s arrest of activists helping refugees from SNK (original source: Yonhap) and a video of a refugee being beaten by the Stalinists (original source: Chosun Ilbo), the vacillation of dovish South Korea’s human rights establishment (original source: Korea Times), and the Bush Administration freezing the assets of three Stalinist firms for “proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” (Korea Times).
UBS to invest in corrupt SNK-linked Bank of China: The Communist-run Bank of China shook off reports of its criminal ties to SNK drug running and counterfeiting to take in $500 million from Switzerland’s UBS (United Press Int’l via Washington Times).
More on Stalinist North Korea: Patrick Goodenough, Cybercast News, examines Kim Jong-il’s problems with international food aid and the monitors that come with it.
U.S. won’t let Communist China gets its hands on Internet: U.S. Ambassador David A. Gross bluntly told, the Washington Times that he “will fight attempts to put the United Nations or any international group in charge of the Internet.” A number of repressive regimes, especially Communist China, have been calling for the UN to take over administration of the web from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (fourth and sixth item). Meanwhile, Joseph Farah (World Net Daily) and Edward Lanfranco (UPI via Washington Times) remind their readers of how Communist China treats its internet users, and rips American companies for aiding in the repression.
Another round of textile talks begin: The U.S. and Communist China are holding more talks on the surge in Communist textile exports (UPI via Washington Times) that was sparked by the end of worldwide textile trade restrictions on January 1, and crowded out several developing nations in the process (fifth, fourth, second, and fifth items).
More on Communist China and the United States: Given the news on the North Korea deal, is it any surprise that Communist China is willing to stonewall the U.S. on its other axis-of-evil ally and nuclear client, namely Iran (Anne Bayefsky, Hudson Institute, in National Review Online)? Meanwhile, UPI (via Washington Times) examines the Communists’ plans for their rapidly expanding naval forces, and Dong Li, NTDTV (via Epoch Times), looks back at Communist leader Hu Jintao’s trip to the U.S.
Communist China puts on public access and anti-corruption charades: Communist China played to the public with “a parliamentary session open to the public for the first time” (BBC) that decided absolutely nothing. Meanwhile, the regime is claiming to be fighting corruption in mining (last item) by insisting cadres who won’t forfeit their stakes in the mines “will be removed from their posts” (UPI via Washington Times). The folks in Linyi would note that such “removals” should be taken with a grain of salt (third item).
Top Communist court to handle all death sentences: Communist China’s Supreme Court “is to regain its power to review death sentences” (BBC), ostensibly to cut down on the number of executions. Communist China, which includes white-collar crimes among its capital offenses, executed more people last year than the rest of the world combined.
Thai energy firm gets closer to Communist-owned counterpart: PTT Exploration & Production, a subsidiary of Thailand's state-controlled PTT, “signed a memorandum of understanding” (UPI via Washington Times, second item) with the Communist-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation. As part of the deal “the two sides will increase bilateral investment to $6.5 billion from the current $3.7 billion.”
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Jerome Keating has a detailed history of China that cogently establishes East Turkestan and Tibet as separate nations under occupation.
Ignorant Comment of the Day: How can I award such a prize to an analyst as learned as Michael Barone? When he writes this: “The increasing interweaving of China into the international economy suggests China may not be a military threat” (Washington Times).
Woe Canada! Terry O’Neill, Western Standard, provides a partial list of destinations for the $50 million in foreign aid Canada has given to Communist China.
Other Commentary on Communist China: Former Communist consular office Chen Yonglin exposes the real motives for Hu Jintao’s “game of the CCP attempting to exploit the fame of Hu Yaobang” (Epoch Times). Jay Nordlinger, National Review Online, reminds his readers of Communist China’s use of psychiatric institutions as torture chambers in his Impromptus column (third item).