Six-party talks on Stalinist North Korean nuclear ambitions begin in Beijing: For the first time since the debacle in September 2005, envoys from Communist China, Stalinist North Korea, South Korea, the U.S., Japan, and Russia met for talks on SNK's nuclear weapons program. The Stalinists demanded U.S. counterfeiting penalties against them end (BBC); Time and the Financial Times (via MSNBC) do not expect a deal; the Communist press (via BBC) and Asahi Shimbun (via Washington Times) are hoping for one. Conversely, One Free Korea and Daily NK fear another debacle is in the offing.
Westinghouse to build four nuclear power plants in Communist China: Westinghouse will packet $8 billion to build the four plants. Deutsche Bank analyst David Hurd described it thusly: "The US is putting pressure on China at the moment, so China's response is 'let's throw them a bone'" (BBC).
Ignorant Comment of the Day: There were three contenders. Newt Gingrich was almost comically incoherent on the Communist threat, while Irwin M. Stelzer largely ignored it (Weekly Standard). However, the clear winner was Daniel W. Drezner (Washington Post), whose pursuit of new foreign policy ideas says absolutely nothing on the geopolitical threat from the Communist regime.
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: India's economy is expected to grow faster than Communist China's next year (India Business), all the more reason to approve of President Bush's pro-India policies (Weekly Standard). The U.S. is considering measures to protect its satellites from Communist China, among others (Washington Post). Wei Jingsheng calls on the European Union to stand firm on its arms embargo with Communist China (Epoch Times).
On the occupied nations (Tibet and East Turkestan): Mo Li (Chengming via Epoch Times) examines and laments the disappearance of Tibetan culture. Li Jia (Epoch Times) interview exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer (fifth, second, eleventh, last, second, and fourth items).
One country, one-and-a-half systems rolls on: Falun Gong practitioners in Hong Kong are feeling the squeeze from the Communists, Basic Law or no Basic Law (Epoch Times).
Arrest of Gao Zhisheng ripped: The Human Rights Law Foundation and several human rights activists called attention to the attorney's plight (Epoch Times).
Back to Communist China's Korean colony: Daily NK ponders SNK without Kim Jong-il and reveals some of KJI's luxuries. UN human rights envoy Vitit Muntarbhorn ripped the Stalinists (United Press Int'l via Washington Times). Melanie Kirkpatrick (Wall Street Journal) talks to Pastor Phillip Buck, a rescuer of Korean refugees.
Middle Eastern Proxy Number One further infiltrating Iraq: The Communist-backed Iranian regime is "providing Shi'ite militias with weapons and training . . . pouring funds into schools and hospitals, and . . . actively supporting pro-Iranian Iraqi politicians" (Washington Times).
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Salim Mansur (Toronto Sun) calls for the liberation of Iran: "What is needed is an escalated offensive to bury this regime and let Iran once again become a truly free and respectable nation." The editors of the Washington Post earn runner-up status with this excellent analysis: "'Realism' in the Middle East means understanding that Syria and Iran won't stop waging war against the United States and its allies unless they are given reasons to fear they might lose."
More on the Middle Eastern Proxies: The mullahs get ready to receive Russia nuclear fuel (UPI via Washington Times), offers to share their nuclear know-how with other regional regimes (Washington Times), and arrest Christians (Shotgun). More are sounding the alarm about the regime's open boast of planning to destroy Israel (Cybercast News, National Review Online, Small Dead Animals). William Harris (NRO) has the latest from Lebanon's effort to survive the Tehran-Damascus slow-motion coup.
On Pakistan: Ellen Ratner's World Net Daily column detailing Pervez Musharraf's attempt to play both sides of the street would have been in the running for ECOD had she mentioned Pakistan's oldest ally - Communist China.