Communist China increases military ties with Sudan: Communist Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan himself regime expressed a hope "to further promote bilateral cooperation in various fields" (Worldwide Standard) with the authors of the Darfur slow-motion genocide. Among the "fields" was the military, where "relations between China and Sudan have developed smoothly." Beijing Olympics fans take note.
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Charles R. Smith (Newsmax) reviews the Clinton Administration's policies toward Communist China (hint: they weren't good). Kevin Voigt (CNN) discusses the Intel deal with leading "engagement" figure Jim McGregor. The long arm of lawlessness reaches New Zealand (Epoch Times). Australia hosts a meeting on Communist China's future (Epoch Times).
Leading Kuomintang official on trial: Ma Ying-jeou, the former leader of the opposition Kuomintang (Nationalist) Party, is facing charges of "misappropriating T$11.2 million ($339,000) of funds while mayor of the capital, Taipei" (BBC). If acquitted, he will likely be the presidential candidate for the party that once opposed but now courts the Communists on the mainland.
Olympic diver refuses to "self-criticize" and is kicked off the team: Tian Liang earned the wrath of the cadres by taking a few endorsement deals and refusing to apologize for them (Time). The Communists were so determined to make an example out of him that they forced him to humiliate himself of retire. He took the latter.
On Communist China's Korean colony: Stalinist diplomats are resisting Kim Jong-il's demand to give up their children as de facto hostages (BBC). This could get interesting - or very ugly.