The Canada file: Friendly Blog Between Heaven and Earth does the blogosphere a tremendous service by reprinting in full Conservative MP Stockwell Day's excellent speech on Communist China at the University of Toronto (UPDATE: for all the visitors from Small Dead Animals, this is the speech SDA excerpted). That the Conservatives had the wisdom to appoint Day their foreign policy critic (i.e., shadow foreign minister) was the tipping point behind our endorsement of them in next month's Canadian election. This speech is a must read. Between Heaven and Earth also has a speech by David Kilgour, a retiring MP who bolted the governing Liberal Party in disgust this year, on the value of democracy in the modern world.
From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Member One Free Korea has a detailed recent history of Communist China's support of Stalinist North Korea and the mullahcracy of Iran.
Communist China rips U.S. sanctions: Speaking of Communist aid to Iran, Zhongnanhai "demanded that the Bush administration lift sanctions imposed on six companies on charges of illicit sales to Iran, saying the action undermined Beijing's cooperation with the United States" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). Here are some reminders on what Communist China calls cooperation. Also reporting: BBC
Communist China inks deal with its would-be colony on offshore oil: Communist China and Stalinist North Korea "agreed Saturday in Beijing to conduct this joint (oil) exploration project to help China's rapid economic growth and North Korea with winter heating" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times).
News of more Christmas arrests: The arrests reported yesterday in occupied East Turkestan (sixth item) were not the only incidents of Communists trying to get between believers and their God on Christmas. A Roman Catholic mass in Fuzhou, Fujian was "disrupted" (Cybercast News), while members of a Beijing Protestant congregation have been dragged into police stations for questioning.
Communists purge Beijing News staff, shut down Bai Xing website: The editor-in-chief of Beijing News, a paper known "for forthright reporting and commentary" (BBC) has been fired, along with two other editors. The cadres are obviously not happy at the paper for exposing the Shanwei massacre. Meanwhile, the web site of Bai Xing, a muckraking magazine according to Boxun, has been wiped off the web.
Finding out unborn baby's gender means jail time in Communist China: The Communists attempt to maintain the hideous "one child" policy while reversing the alarming shortage in girls has led them to announce penalties of "up to three years in jail and heavy fines for helping (parents) with gender selection" (UPI via Newkerala, India).
Interview with Gao Zhisheng: Sound of Hope Radio (via Epoch Times) talks to the human rights' attorney who continues the fight for freedom despite the heavy hand of the Chinese Communist Party (sixth, tenth, fifth, lead, third, last, twelfth, eighth, third, second, third, eighth, and eleventh items).
On Communist China and South Asia: Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr., in the Washington Times, calls on the United States and India to "deter further Chinese influence" in the dictatorship-suffering Nepal (fourth item).