Taishi corruption began over – surprise! – a land deal: Among the interesting points is that The clash between Taishi’s villagers and its cadres began with a “land deal at its center . . . worth 100m yuan ($12m) and involved more than 2,000 mu (133 hectares) of village land” (BBC). The village head was suspected of deal-related embezzlement. Thus came the villagers’ investigation, the recall, and the mass arrests (fifth, tenth, sixth, lead, third, and third items).
Cadres hold relatives of “one child” resistors prisoner: There is a prison in Nigou where “men and women are locked up because their relatives will not agree to undergo government-ordered sterilization or abortion” (Chicago Tribune via Columbus Ledger-Enquirer). Yet another piece of Communist China’s hideous and bloody “one child” policy (lead, lead, tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, and lead items).
Top security cadre visits restive Inner Mongolia: Zhou Yongkang, head of the Communist Ministry of Public Security, visited the “province” of Inner Mongolia yesterday (United Press Int’l via Washington Times). Inner Mongolia, which borders the nation of Mongolia, has seen its share of “separatist” sentiment from native Mongolians.
Cadres harass Falun Gong practitioners with hateful cell phone calls: Communist China has resurrected the despicable practice of dialing up Falun Gong practitioners in the U.S. and Hong Kong to make “harassing phone calls to attack Falun Gong and its founder” (Epoch Times). Similar phone calls hit staffers at Hong Kong’s branch of the Epoch Times and New Tang Dynasty Television.
Communist trade surplus “set to triple”: Communist China’s trade surplus with the rest of the world, $32 billion last year, is set to surge to “$90bn (£51bn) to $100bn this year” (BBC). The major factor in this is an increase in exports “driven this year by textiles and clothing items.” Worldwide restrictions on the textile trade ended last January 1, leading a surge in textile exports that has crowded several developing nations out of the global textile business (fifth, fourth, second, fifth, and third items).
Chinese community in Australia calls for “National Day” memorial to victims: At a Sydney rally marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic (see also fifth item), participants “supported the establishment of the Chinese National Day of Memorial, to remember the death of millions of people in China and the destruction of Chinese culture under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party” (Epoch Times).
On Taiwan and the United Nations: Claudia Rosette, Wall Street Journal, details how the world body has dismissively ignored the island democracy, which remains the lone piece of real estate not represented there. Kevin Steele, Western Standard, also weighs in on the magazine’s Friendly Blog: Shotgun.
On Communist China and the United States: Wei Jingsheng, Chairman of the Overseas Joint Committee for China’s Democratic Movement and longtime anti-Communist activists, finds disturbing parallels between the Chinese Communist Party and the World War II Axis powers (Epoch Times).
On Jiang Zemin: The editors of the Epoch Times complete their biography of the former Communist leader who rose to power in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre and authored the crackdown against Falun Gong.
On Stalinist North Korea: As the Stalinist regime plans “the biggest-ever celebrations for next week's birthday of the ruling communist party” (UPI via Washington Times), Friendly Blog One Free Korea rips the Bush Administration for going soft on SNK (this quarter couldn’t agree more), and notes Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il’s possible naming of an heir, ahem, a successor (last item).