Jury convicts Communist spy: Chi Mak, arrested over a year and a half ago when the FBI busted his spy ring, was convicted of "conspiring to export sensitive defence technology to China" (BBC) and "failing to register as a Chinese agent" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times).
Marine General OK with Communist military ties in Southeast Asia; Tkacik knows better: Lieutenant General John Goodman, who commands the Marine forces in the Pacific theatre, called the closer military relations between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations a "positive overture" (Washington Times). John J. Tkacik provides an antidote to this nonsense (Washington Times).
Ontario "slush fund" includes money sent to pro-Communist group: More people in Canada are paying attention to a series of grants handed out by Ontario's provincial government to several politically-connected minority groups. One in particular is a $250,000 grant to the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC), whose leading members have a history of pro-Communist political stands (Epoch Times, h/t Between Heaven and Earth). One of the "former" board members of CPAC (no one is quite sure when he quit - Toronto Star) just happens to be a "policy adviser" to Immigration Minister Michael Cole, whose ministry handed out the cash. The Liberal government - up for re-election in five months - just gave the green light to an outside investigation after days of stonewalling (Toronto Star).
More on Communist China and Canada: The Communists are furious with MPs visiting the island democracy of Taiwan (Globe and Mail); the MPs are in all parties are looking for tougher action against the Communists' abysmal human-rights record (G&M).
Olympic whispers spur Communist China to put Darfur on the agenda: Communist China is "appointing a special representative for African affairs whose first task will be to focus on the Darfur crisis" (London Times). The sudden appointment comes amid mounting criticism of the Communists' special relationship with the enablers of the slow-motion genocide there - the Sudanese regime (BBC). A new front on the criticism opened up in the National Basketball Association (led by Cleveland Cavalier Iraq Newble), the main source of future Olympic players from several nations (Boycott 2008).
Taiwan news: President Chen Shui-bian rips the World Health Organization for freezing out the island democracy (Washington Post). Meanwhile, Yangguang Renshi (Epoch Times) calls for Taiwan to lead a Ask boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympiad.
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: The Communist trade surplus surges again (BBC); John C K Daly (ISN Security Watch) examines Communist China's charm offensive in Africa.
Beijing surrender news: South Korea tries to create a new international group without the strongest anti-Pyongyang participant - Japan (United Press Int'l via Washington Times). Meanwhile, the U.S. is still trying to resolve the issue of the $25 million that was never supposed to be part of the denuclearization talks (Washington Times).
More news from "another China province": Stalinist North Korea OKs cross-DMZ trains with the South (BBC). The Stalinist regime mkaes Freedom House's list of "the most repressive countries in the world" (UPI via Washington Times). SNK continued to build ties to the the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran (IRNA, h/t NRO - The Corner), which is also busy aiding terrorist killing Americans (Weekly Standard) and imprisoning an American (Macleans).
"They both looked at me and laughed": That was the reaction to a reporter who asked a Shanghai couple she interviewed for their names (Time).
Skype admits to letting Communist China "filter" text massages: The head of the firm had the audactity to claim it was "no different from obeying rules governing business in western countries" (BH&E).
Stocks in Communist China headed for a fall: So says the investment firm Golden Sachs (BBC).