"The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is undergoing its worst crisis of confidence since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 18 years ago": Those were the words of Willy Lam (China Brief via Uyghur American Association), in describing the situation faced by the regime and its leader, Hu Jintao, who has rejected every call for political reform in favor of "Maoist-era ideological campaigns to revive the party's fortunes." Lam is not impressed, and neither are several cadres themselves (who have been rebuked by Hu for their efforts to take up Zhao Ziyang's torch). Meanwhile, another party member quits in disgust (Sound of Hope Radio via Epoch Times).
Enlightened Comment of the Day: James Mann didn't use the term Cold War II, but he described it pretty well in the Washington Post. Hugo Restall (Far Eastern Economic Review via Taiwan Security Research) gets an honorable mention for his piece focusing on the East Asia theatre.
Hong Kong's Communist lackeys become Tiananmen deniers: Ma Lik, leader of Hong Kong's pro-Communist political party, channeled his inner Bobby Fletcher, opining that "The crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square was not a massacre and Hong Kong is not ready for universal suffrage because many people are not patriotic enough and do not love the Communist Party" (Asia News). The Tiananmen Mothers group had some harsh words for Ma (Asia News). Meanwhile, the Legislative Council, which is only partially elected and is dominated by lackeys like Ma, shot down an effort to condemn the bloody actions of June 4, 1989 (Asia News). One country, one-and-a-half systems rolls on.
Arrests: Zhou Li, who offered legal help to land seizure victims, was jailed about a week ago (Epoch Times); attorney Guo Feixiong, who has been jailed for weeks, was indicted on Tuesday (Epoch Times); Hao Wenzhong, an appellant (petitioner) who has been jailed 200 times was sent to a labor camp (Epoch Times); Hu Jia and his wife are under house arrest for "endangering national security" (Washington Post).
Organ harvesting news: Toronto doctor Gerry Koffman calls Communist China's organ harvesting policy "a Holocaust" (Epoch Times, see also Between Heaven and Earth); a Taiwanese physician says the Communist "regulations" on transplants are less than meets the eye (Epoch Times).
Communist corruption reaches into racing: The cadres' Formula One track chief and two assistants are bounced for thievery (BBC).
Bird flu is back: The cadres are admitting to an outbreak in Yiyang, Hunan (BBC); obviously, we have no idea what other areas are suffering in Communist-imposed silence.
Even Li Ka-Shing thinks the Communist stock market is in trouble, and when the leading pro-Communist tycoon says to be worried, don't walk - run, and take your money with you (Taiwan Central News Agency via Epoch Times).
Communist China to launch moon orbiter this year: The cadres' announcement is part of their plan to put a taikonaut on the moon in fifteen years (Washington Times).
Communists impose blackout on construction disaster: The Beijing site has seen "many ambulances, fire trucks and more than ten police vehicles" (Epoch Times), but no one from the press is allowed to see it.
Yet another land seizure: This one takes place in Hangzhou, Zhejiang (Epoch Times).
On the state of the workers in the workers' state: Heide B. Malhotra (Epoch Times) examines the plight of migrant workers.
East Turkestan news: As leading Uighurs meet in The Hague (UAA), Communist China prepares its military to crush any move to restoring independence in the occupied nation (China Brief via UAA).
Communist China not reacting well to Olympic critics: Communist Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi insisted the efforts of a "handful of people" (BBC) to organize a boycott of the Games "will fall," but that isn't stopping us from trying (Boycott 2008, Epoch Times, and Washington Times).
Now Communist poison has tainted toothpaste: The same poison that turned cough medicine into a deadly killer has been found in Communist exports of toothpaste, leading Small Dead Animals to make a blunt yet necessary request - "Close the borders to this stuff. Now, please." Of course, the foodstuff poisons are still reverberating (International Herald Tribune, Steve Janke, and Washington Post via UAA).
Japan's effort to bolster its defense blocked by pro-"engagement" Americans: Japan has requested fifty F-22 jet fighter-bombers from the United States, however, the arms sales is being blocked by "Pro-China officials in the White House and Pentagon" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). The lead obstacle is none other than Dennis Wilder, who has a history of making moves in favor of "engagement" and hoping no one notices.
Communists plan missiles "to hit US warships in Asia": The cadres want "an infrared detection system for its medium-range Dongfeng-21 missiles so they can pinpoint warships" (Agence France Presse via TSR) - in particular America carrier.
More on Communist China and the United States: Paul Heer, a "China specialist" (Washington Times) at the CIA, move up to the National Intelligence Council (United Press Int'l via Washington Times) - given the CIA record on Communist China, the jury is certainly out on Mr. Heer. Meanwhile, American union leaders visit Beijing's "union" cadres (BBC); Coca-Cola sees no evil (BBC); and Communist China nudges its currency as American negotiators arrive (BBC and Washington Post via MSNBC).
The Canada file: Protesters in Queen's Park call for an end to Communist rule in China (Toronto Sun); Paul Jackosn (Calgary Sun) approves of Foreign Minister Peter MacKay's support for Taiwan; Vancouver's battle with a Falun Gong demonstration continues (Epoch Times); and Cyril Doll (Western Standard) sounds the alarm on Communist China's attempted infiltration into Saskatchewan's rare-earth metal stash (full disclosure: yours truly is quoted in the piece).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Taiwan accuses Communist China of buying off Senegal (AFP via TSR); Communist China and Kazakhstan's efforts at rapprochement get all wet, literally (China Brief via UAA); the Communist regime buys a 10% stake in Blackstone (BBC); concern over Rupert Murdoch, Communist China, and the Wall Street Journal grows (Boycott 2008); a Communist container conducts a naval hit-and-run with a South Korean ship (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times); and the cadres squeeze their Stalinist North Korean allies to cut out the drug trade - in Communist China (Daily NK).
Beijing surrender news: California Congressman Ed Royce rips the "deal" (Washington Times); One Free Korea notes and approves (of Royce). U.S. envoy Christopher Hill may soon visit Stalinist North Korea again (Washington Times); South Korea is, well, South Korea (Daily NK and UPI via Washington Times).