New computer simulation says Taiwan can beat back Communist invasion: The Taiwanese military has released the results of a new war-game involving a Communist invasion of the island in 2012, and finds "that China could land forces on rival Taiwan, but they would be repulsed after two weeks of fierce fighting and harsh losses to both sides" (National Review Online - The Tank) despite no projected involvement by American forces. While yours truly still believes we should come to the island democracy's defense when push comes to shove, this is still very good news. Of course, the Communists will make adjustments, aided in part by their spies (Defense News).
Non-profit group calls for grain imports from Communist China to be blocked: The Center for Science in the Public Interest - a nutrition lobbying group, or "the self-appointed food police" (Steve Janke), depending on one's point of view - has called for the United States to block shipments of Communist grain from entering the country. The call is in reaction to growing concern over poisoned grain from Communist China, something that now has the locals worried, too (Washington Post).
Captured Tibetan lama turns 18; protesters arrested: Gendun Cheokyi Nyima - named by the Dalai Lama as the next Panchen Lama in 1995 and under Communist detainment ever since - turned 18 today (BBC) Meanwhile, at Mount Everest, four members of Students for a Free Tibet were arrested by Communist police for unveiling a pro-Tibet banner (BBC).
Ignorant Comment of the Day: Today's dubious prize goes to Fareed Zakaria, whose Newsweek column is a naive paean to Communist China's international diplomacy in Asia.
Some things Zakaria should have seen before penning the ICOD: Perhaps this example of the Long Arm of Lawlessness in New York (Epoch Times) would have given Fareed pause on his assertion that the Communists don't involve themselves in other nations' domestic affairs; or maybe the wisdom of David Kilgour ("You can go around the world and pick out the pariah governments and almost all of them are supported by China" - Epoch Times) could have swayed him.
Canadian activists ask Foreign Minister MacKay to focus on human rights during Beijing visit: Several of them were interviewed by the Epoch Times.
Communist China is now Japan's biggest trading partner: Japan's Finance Ministry revealed the news (BBC).
Beijing surrender news: The apologias for the Stalinists are beginning to get embarrassing ("They are not experienced in international banking" - United Press International via Washington Times), although common sense still prevails in Japan (BBC), One Free Korea, and the American military (Bill Gertz, Washington Times).
More On Communist China's Korean colony: Laos is letting some Korean refugees go (BBC), while those in Thailand must resort to a hunger strike to get attention (Daily NK, h/t OFK). Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il stops by a military parade (UPI via Washington Times). Charles Scanlon (BBC) talks about his visit to Stalinist North Korea. Daily NK calls for a UN investigation into Arirang. OFK further examines the Kaesung fiasco.