Wednesday, August 10, 2005

News of the Day (August 10)

Canada sends Xiaoping Hu back to Communist China: The Canadian government sullied itself and besmirched its own countrymen by deporting Xiaoping Hu, a Falun Gong practitioner and victim of Communist torture (fourth item), back to Communist China. The shockingly callous treatment of this women led many “to express their despair and indignation” (Epoch Times) outside the offices of Immigration Minister Joe Volpe and Deputy Prime Minister/Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan. Government MPs, from Prime Minister Paul Martin on down, should hang their heads in shame.

Students from Communist China disrupt Chen Yonglin speech: An indication of how terrified the cadres have become at former consul Chen Yonglin came during a speech at Melbourne University. Chen’s speech was disrupted by unruly students from Communist China (Epoch Times). Anyone who thinks the students did this with no prodding should remember the last year’s outrage at the University of Minnesota (tenth item).

Mayor Ma rips Communists, but has high hopes for Hu Jintao: Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, the new leader of the opposition Kuomintang Party, was hitting the right anti-Communist notes in his interview with China Times (cited by the Epoch Times). Then came this clunker: “He mentioned the redress of the Tiananmen Square Incident might occur in the future. ‘It is very likely to occur in Hu Jintao’s term.’” If Ma really thinks the author of the Hanyuan County massacre is looking to set the story straight on Tiananmen, he’s not nearly the improvement over Lien Chan that everyone thinks he is.

Communists make East China Sea move: Communist China is “laying pipes to prepare to tap the . . . huge gas resources” (BBC) of the East China Sea, according to Japanese Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa. The only trouble is, Japan also claims the area, and it is not happy. This comes as Japan prepares for an election in mid-September.

Protests against Communist China now at 74,000: The number of protests – that’s protests – by citizens of Communist China against the regime stood at 74,000 last year, involving over 3¾ million people, and this is just what the Communists will admit to themselves. One weakness in the Washington Post story: “police responding to riots have generally been equipped only with clubs, staffs and tear gas. There have been no reports of firearms being used.” What about the Hanyuan County massacre?

Straits Times shocked at Communist arrest of Ching Cheong: The Singapore Straits Times was “shocked” (Epoch Times) that one of its own, journalist Ching Cheong, was charged by espionage by Communist China. The Communists arrested Ching after he was hot on the trail for a book of interviews with deposed Communist leader Zhao Ziyang in which Zhao insisted the Tiananmen Sqaure protestors had the support of many cadres before they were gunned down and he, Zhao was put under house arrest, where he reamined for over fifteen years, until his death last January.

Guangzhou rations gasoline, Beijing running low on natural gas: The energy shortage in Communist China (tenth, sixth, eighth, and sixth items) hit Beijing’s natural gas supply, which “suffered from winter shortages last year” (UPI via Washington Times). Meanwhile, the gasoline shortage in Guangdong Province (ninth item) is so bad that its capital city, Guangzhou, has resorted to rationing (UPI via Washington Times).

Commentary on Communist China and the world: Former Communist law Professor Yuan Hongbin (lead and second items) warned of the Communists’ willingness to wage total war – including the use of nuclear weapons – to survive (Epoch Times), and cited Unrestricted Warfare. William Hawkins, of the U.S. Business and Industry Council, blasts the Communists’ corporate friends in America in a fabulous Washington Times column. Lior Kodner, Ha’aretz (Israel) examines the Communist reaction to the cancellation of several Israel-Communist arms deals.

On Stalinist North Korea: The United Nations World Food Program made another appeal for food aid for SNK, and those who reported the appeal (United Press Int’l via Washington Times) once again ignored concerns about the Stalinists stealing their food from their own people to feed themselves and their military (fifth, ninth, and fifth items). Meanwhile, the U.S. called the outcome of the recent nuclear talks “uncertain” (CNN), while Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, and Michael Horowitz, Hudson Institute, demanded human right also be a topic of discussion at the talks (Washington Times) and Russian retired Lieut. General Gennady Yevstafyev pined for a deal as “proof that non-confrontation policies, direct and serious political dialog, and involvement of the problem partner into broad economic cooperation are more effective instruments than the artificial isolation of states and labeling them ‘rogue countries.’” Will they never learn?

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