Pentagon surplus auctions help arm Communist China and Iran: Here's the unnerving line of the day from Fox News (h/t Strategic Intel) - "The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries — including Iran and China — who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department's surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components."
Another supporter of terrorists reaches out to Communist China: This time, it's Eritrea (SomaliNet), a regime previously known for siding with the al Qaeda-linked Union of Islamic Courts (Worldwide Standard).
Communist China pledges to cut trade surplus, but its currency won't budge: Communist Commerce Minister Bo Xilai insisted trimming the surplus is the priority task for 2007" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times), but there was no move to end the deliberate devaluation of the Communist currency.
Communist China puts reality TV and itself on the proscribed list: The regime has decided "to crack down on 'vulgar reality shows' this year" (BBC) and is including itself on the list of "sensitive" (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times) topics too troublesome for the internet.
Choi Uk-il leaves Communist China and returns home: The South Korean fisherman abducted by Stalinist North Korea over three decades ago is back after escaping to Communist China (BBC). The dovish South Korean government, meanwhile, was forced to apologize for its unseemly behavior during this situation (see sixth item).
More on Communist China's Korean colony: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations calls on the Stalinists to end its nuclear weapons program (Voice of America via Epoch Times). The Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization - the group that led the now-dead effort to build two nuclear power plants in SNK - "has asked the impoverished North for $1.9 billion in damages" (UPI via Washington Times); One Free Korea suspects a link to "when North Korea nationalized all of KEDO’s construction equipment." Meanwhile, The Stalinist trains no longer run on time - or at all for that matter (Daily NK), and several epidemics have hit Chongjin (OFK).
On Middle Eastern Proxy Number One (Iran): Defense Secretary Robert Gates has some harsh words for the mullahs (Strategic Intel, Time, and Washington Times) and Britain's navy is making a show of force (Newsmax), leading Eli Lake (New York Sun) to wonder what might have been had the Administration been clear-eyed on Iran from the start. Tehran extends a hand to us (UPI via Washington Times) as it offers aid to our enemies (Agence France Presse via Washington Times and Fox News). The mullahs are demanding Germany release one of their agents (UPI via Washington Times). Nazanin Fatehi is spared execution (National Review Online). Michael Rubin has the rest of the news from Iran (NRO: The Corner).
Did Israel negotiate a Golan Heights deal with Middle Eastern Proxy Number Two (Syria)? Both Israel and the Assad regime deny it (Cybercast News, Times of London, and UPI via Washington Times), but that didn't stop anyone from talking (Shaun Kenney and Times of London).