Friday, December 09, 2005

News of the Day (December 9)

New Friendly Blog: Please take a look at Between Heaven and Earth, an excellent new blog on Communist China from British Columbia, Canada.

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Member One Free Korea's guest blogger Andy Jackson comments on the opening night of the Seoul "summit" on human rights in Stalinist North Korea. At said conference was U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights Jay Leftkowitz (Voice of America via Epoch Times) and many others (United Press International via Washington Times).

U.S. tells Communist China to become more active on the world stage: At a meeting between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick and Communist Vice Foreign Minster Dai Bingguo, the former actually said Communist China should "become more active in regional and global issues, such as in Iraq, Afghanistan and in urging Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions" (CNN). That last one must have garnered a few chuckles back in Beijing, given the Communists' history in aiding Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Wen Jiabao says Communist China "treasures human rights a lot": The Communist premier made the laughable remark in an off-the-cuff response to a human rights question by a reporter in Slovakia who caught Wen "off guard" (Epoch Times).

Beaten democracy activist garners worldwide attention: Democracy activist Zhao Xin was brutally beaten in Sichuan province last month (Epoch Times). His case has since drawn the attention of the UN Human Rights Inspection Group, the U.S. embassy, and Amnesty International.

Bird flu whistleblower arrested: To anyone who believes Communist China's bird flu cover-up is over (eighth and eleventh items), we present Qiao Songju, a farmer who " feared that local officials would cover up the death of 200 geese on a farm owned by a friend of his father" (London Telegraph, UK). Qiao called up the Agriculture Ministry "and was nominated by state television as an 'economic personality of the year.' But his wife and lawyer say he was taken away by police late last month."

Communist China's text messaging surveillance kicks into gear: Communist China "shut down 9,700 cellphone accounts since the start of last month" (Taipei Times, via Asia Media) due to text messages from "unhealthy elements." The text message restrictions were first handed down last month (eighth item).

Commentary on Communist China: Patrick Goodenough, Cybercast News, details how an upcoming East Asian summit is turning into a diplomatic battle between Communist China on one side and Japan and India on the other. Shihoko Goto, UPI (via Washington Times), gauges the reaction to France Telecom's deal with ZTE (fifth item), one of the Communist firms that were caught helping Saddam Hussein integrate his air defense network.

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