Former cadre in charge of food safety sentenced to death: Zheng Xiaoyu, the Communist who formerly ran the the State Food and Drug Administration, "was convicted on charges of taking bribes and of dereliction of duty" (BBC) and sentenced to death. The execution, however, could be "reduced to life on appeal." No such reprieve was granted to the victims of the Communists' poisoned exports, which is leading to more calls to curtail imports from Communist China (Epoch Times and National Post). Meanwhile, the Communists are sticking to their traditional modus operandi: good words (Agence France Presse via Yahoo) undermined by bad deeds (Guardian).
More (plenty more) corruption news: A social security embezzlement scheme is exposed in Ningxia Province (Voice of America via Epoch Times). A high school cheats its own students and sends in armed police to silence them (Epoch Times). The cadres are admitting that over one in five toys is tainted (BBC). Finally, Maureen Fan (Washington Post) lists the reasons why so many in Communist China want government jobs; prominent on the list of benefits: "envelopes of cash."
"Instead, getting the 2008 Games seems to have emboldened China's communist rulers": The editors of the Washington Post detail how Communist China has used the upcoming Olympics to increase their persecutions of internal opposition (the Post editors also rip the cadres' enabling of Sudan's brutality in Darfur). Also noting the reality is Gary Feuerberg (Epoch Times).
More news on human rights abuses in Communist China: The Pan-Blues rip Communist persecution (Epoch Times) and shames their Taiwanese counterparts. The crackdown against Falun Gong may include drugs as weapons (Epoch Times). Wu Renhua has a new book on the Tiananmen massacre (Epoch Times).
Communists rip Sudan sanctions call by President Bush: The cadres had the audacity to insist that "investing in Sudan was a better way to stop the violence" (BBC).
Reaction to the Pentagon report on the Communist military buildup: Naturally, the cadres themselves were not happy (BBC). The editors of the Washington Times sounded the alarm on the Communist buildup, as did Jennifer Chou (Worldwide Standard), and W. Thomas Smith, Jr. (National Review Online - The Tank). Meanwhile, the new commander of American forces in the Pacific noted that the cadres are determined to add aircraft carriers to their arsenal (Washington Times).
More on Communist China and the United States: Jeffrey Birnbaum (Washington Post) profiles Robert Nichols, the lead "engagement" lobbyist in Washington. Irwin M. Stelzer (Daily Standard) reviews the latest U.S.-Communist China trade talks; minus the revelation of a lawsuit against one of the visiting delegates (Epoch Times).
Communist official visits Canada and is greeted with a lawsuit: Bo Xilai, the current Communist Commerce Minister and former governor of Liaoning Province, was served papers for a lawsuit against his brutality in Liaoning by Torontonian Jin Rong (Between Heaven and Earth and Epoch Times).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: The cadres are threatening an agreement to limit production of nuclear weapons fuel that has won support from the United States and Russia (Washington Times). Meanwhile, Chosun Ilbo reports that half of all South Korean firm in Communist China are failing: "An increasing number of owners and employees flee by night because of the difficulty of surviving there."
Beijing surrender news: The latest attempt to appease the Stalinists with the money that was never supposed to be part of the February 13 fiasco continues to go awry (One Free Korea), while South Korea blows hot and cold (BBC and United Press International via Washington Times).