Wednesday, June 14, 2006

News of the Day (June 14)

Cave-in to Iran earns well-deserved criticism, but no cooperation from Communist China: In a move that should have surprised no one, Communist China is "not prepared to join the United States and Europe in a statement urging that Iran suspend uranium enrichment" (Voice of America via Epoch Times). The Communists were more than happy to sign on to America's diplomatic cave-in to the mullahcracy, which received the wrath of Tony Blankley (Washington Times) and Kathryn Jean Lopez (National Review Online, and member since 2002). Meanwhile, Newsmax reports the existence of a secret uranium enrichment facility in Iran built by an unnamed "Chinese contractor," and John Moody (Fox News) runs away with the Ignorant Comment of the Day with a puff-piece on the mullahcracy.

Japan stiffens diplomatic counter-espionage measures: The Japanese government "decided to strengthen protective measures for the country's diplomatic corps" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times, last item) in reaction to the suicide of a compromised official in its Shanghai consulate (seventh, seventh, and lead items).

Taiwan and Communist China reach agreement on expanded non-stop flights: The deal would make non-stop flights from the mainland to the island democracy (and vice versa) more frequent (BBC).

On the Communists' Korean colony: An Kyong Ho, a Stalinist who threatened to "cut off all dialogue channels and exchanges with the South if the opposition Grand National Party wins in the presidential election slated for December 2007" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times), visits South Korea as a guest of the dovish government. The U.S. threatens unnamed "appropriate measures" (BBC) against Stalinist North Korea should it go through with an ICBM test. James Hackett, Washington Times, says a missile test - or even a nuclear weapons test - should be expected. Daily NK examines the plight of a family of a man executed for helping Korean refugees and the health problems of children suffering under Stalinist rule.

Zheng Enchong, the Shanghai attorney who was imprisoned three years for defending residents evicted in corrupt real estate schemes by Zhou Zhengyi and his fellow Shanghai cadres (tenth, twenty-sixth, fifth, ninth, and fourteenth items), talks to the Epoch Times about the corruption that has ravaged his country.

Wei Jingsheng speaks in New Zealand: The exiled dissident who spent 18 years in prison spoke about "his 18-year ordeal in Chinese prisons and labour camps and his quest to speak out for democracy in China" (Epoch Times).

On "development" in Communist China: Hu Shaojiang, Radio Free Asia (via Epoch Times) begins a detailed review of the cadres' chaotic "regional development" schemes.

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