"With China an emerging superpower . . . we are living in an increasingly dangerous world": Duncan Hunter tells Newsweek why he is running for President. Run, Duncan, run.
From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: One Free Korea remains unimpressed in both the new South Korean foreign policy lineup and the return of Stalinist North Korea to the six-party talks.
Ignorant Comment of the Day: Mark Mullen (NBC via MSNBC) falls for the "good cop, bad cop" routine. Coming a close second was Robert Pigott (BBC), who sees Communist China being more open to Christianity. He might be less naive if he talked to Li Ying, but he can't - she's been locked away in a Communist prison for five and a half years (Prisoner Alert).
More on Communist China's Korean colony: The editors of the Washington Post get some things right and some things wrong on the SNK situation. Japan, having been down this road before, will keep its embargo on the Stalinists after their nuclear test (BBC, see also fifth and fifth items). Senator Hillary Clinton calls for direct talks with SNK and Iran (Washington Times). Daily NK calls for tough action against the Stalinists, but comes just short of advocating liberation; Daily NK also examines SNK's black market.
On the Middle Eastern proxies: Michael Ledeen once again lays into the Bush Administration for its weakness on the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran (National Review Online). Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt rips the Syrian regime for continuing to arm Hezbollah (Washington Times).
Another witness to the Tibet shooting speaks: Pierre Maina reveals his account of the horrific shooting to the Epoch Times.
Jia Jia denied asylum by the United States, too: The Communist statistician who turned on his party (eighth and lead items) now fears arrest - and worse - in Hong Kong; he talked to Bill Gertz (Washington Times). This decision (by Washington) is a terrible mistake; it should be reversed and Jia should be granted asylum.
New Zealand wondering about free trade with Communist China: As talks on a Communist China-New Zealand trade deal continues, many Kiwis are starting to wonder about its wisdom (Epoch Times).
Chen Guangcheng's conviction tossed: A mid-level Communist court handed a surprising victory to the anti-"one child" activist (BBC, see also tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, lead, tenth, fifth, tenth, sixth, ninth, eighth, ninth, eighth, ninth, sixteenth, ninth, second, fifth, tenth, and fourth items).