Tuesday, March 20, 2007

News of the Day (March 20)

Communist China's military buildup challenges the U.S. on all fronts: Peter Brookes (New York Post) examines the cadres' efforts to end American naval supremacy; Michael Goldfarb (Worldwide Standard) discusses the air power rivalry; and Joseph Wu, Taiwan's incoming de facto Ambassador to the United States, reminds all that the island democracy is on the front line (Washington Times).

More on Communist China and the United States: Kathy Higgins details Communist China's increasingly exploitative presence in Latin America (Petroleum World), while Chrysler begins a joint venture with the Communist-run Chery Auto (Canada Free Press).

Victim of Communist persecution for helping Korean refugees speaks out: Choi Young-Hun was a South Korean who helped refugees from North Korea hide from police in Communist China and escape the cadres' clutches. Four years ago, the Communist regime arrested him, ordered other prisoners to beat him, and injected him with foreign substances to make him ill. He told his story to the Epoch Times. Meanwhile, as Daily NK reports, the refugees themselves aren't treated much better if they're caught.

Beijing surrender hits snags on money and abductions: The Stalinist regime pulled out of six-party talks because the thawed out $25 million hasn't reached Beijing yet (One Free Korea). Meanwhile, Japan refuses to cave on the abduction issue (BBC).

Remember those relaxation of media restrictions? The Communists don't: James Reynolds (BBC) decided to test the Communist Party rules by visiting a village that had seen a major recent protest. He was quickly arrested. It gets better from there: "We told him of the new decree that allowed foreign journalists to travel anywhere in China without permission. 'That's only for Olympics-related stories,' he said. Then he paused again. 'And I don't think you are here for the Olympics.'"

Regime deletes reference to Zhao Ziyang: A question at Wen Jiabao's news conference referenced the late Communist leader who was purged from the Party for refusing to support the Tiananmen massacre; the live broadcast was uninterrupted, but in subsequent transcripts and recordings, the entire question disappeared (Worldwide Standard).

Is the pen mightier than the sleaze? Communist China will "publish a textbook on combating corruption" (BBC) in order to convince its cadres to stop stealing from the public. Good luck with that.

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