Monday, March 19, 2007

News of the Weekend (March 17-19)

Bill Gertz lays out Communist China's espionage operations and plans against the U.S. In a wide-ranging talk at the Defense Forum Foundation, Washington Times national security correspondent Bill Gertz revealed how "Chinese espionage directed against the United States has met with 'total success for China' and 'total failure' for America's own intelligence operations" (Cybercast News). Gertz also discussed the Katrina Leung case, Communist China's military buildup, and the regime's support for terrorist states: "The missile programs now at work in Iran, Syria and North Korea 'could not be sustained without help from China,' he argued."

Taiwan to send new de facto ambassadors to the United States and Canada: Joseph Wu, the fellow who so succinctly explained Communist China's global intentions, will be the new representative for the island democracy in Washington (Taipei Times). The current representative in DC - David Lee- is headed for Ottawa.

Enlightened Comment of the Day: John Tkacik takes the prize for his detailed account of Communist China's military buildup in the Washington Times.

Communist China insists its foreign reserve fund won't hurt the United States: Communist premier Wen Jiabao himself insisted the new reserve investment plan "will not hurt the dollar or the American economy" (Washington Post). If the schedule permits, I'll have a full post on this later. Here's the short version: Wen may be right; the cadres may not hurt the American economy, but it won't be for lack of trying.

Beijing surrender news: The Bush Administration has thawed out Stalinist North Korea's $25 million that had been "frozen in a Macau bank amid money laundering allegations" (BBC); the money is headed for "an account in Beijing," naturally. As expected, South Korea is more than willing to follow the United States down Dovish Road (BBC), but Japan continues to balk (One Free Korea), and few American Congressmen are also upset (OFK). Meanwhile, Daily NK calls for vigilance over vacillation.

Meanwhile, Communist China still sends back every Korean refugee it finds, and Kay Seok of Human Rights Watch reminds us what happens to Koreans send back to Kim Jong-il (Washington Post).

More on the Communists' Korean colony: Daily NK has a two-part piece on the rise and sophistication of SNK's black market, a story on how to bribe one's way into better treatment from the Stalinist military, and a quick history of Stalinist "politics." Meanwhile, the United Nations Development Fund's star-crossed history in SNK is coming under scrutiny (National Review Online and OFK).

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Indonesia releases Jia Jia, rather than deporting him (China Support Network); Mark N. Katz (United Press Int'l via Washington Times) examines Putinist Russia's split personality on Communist China; and Eric Margolis, who usually gets little praise here, actually earns some with an excellent piece on India (Toronto Sun).

One country, one-and-a-half systems rolls on: The Hong Kong regime clears Yahoo of any wrongdoing in aiding Communists to find and arrest dissidents (PC World via Washington Post).

On the Communist Chinese economy - the bloom is off the rose: Thomas J. Duesterberg of Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Inc. finds "bubbles" (Washington Times), while Xiao Jing (Voice of America via Epoch Times) examines the effect of counterfeit goods.

On the Falun Gong War: The spiritual movement gets a radio signal into Communist China (Epoch Times, h/t Between Heaven and Earth), but a practitioner gets arrested in Beijing (BHaE).

More derision for the Communists' rubber-stamp parliament: Xin Yan (Epoch Times) weighs in.

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