Chinese Regime Hires Security Company to Snuff out Dissent

Originally published by Epoch Times ,21 Sept 2010

By Matthew Robertson

Petitioners that arrive in Beijing from around China have been through it for years. They are approached by men wearing security badges, bundled into a car, their cell phones and IDs confiscated, and then they wind up in a “black jail.” Days, weeks, or months pass until officials from their hometowns have them escorted back home with the help of a special security officer.

Black jails sound bad, and they are bad. Held there without the knowledge of their families or friends, those detained in them may be beaten, tortured, tied up, raped, etc. Conditions are squalid; food is terrible, toilets foul.

While some are forcefully repatriated to their native provinces, other petitioners may be set free in Beijing. While many never find out where they were detained, some piece together a picture of the locations based on the road signs and their memories. Some of these individuals were recently interviewed by journalists from Caijing, a well-known magazine based in Beijing.

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EU to press China on rights at summit: trade chief

Originally Published by AFP, 21 Sept 2010

 STRASBOURG — Europe will press China to make progress on human rights and the need to open up its markets at a summit in Brussels next month, the European Union’s trade chief said Tuesday.

 “Human rights are the silver threads of EU foreign policy,” European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht told the European parliament in Strasbourg.

 “Even though significant differences continue it is important that we discuss human rights and the rule of law during the upcoming summit,” he said.

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Uyghur Organ Harvest Witness Narrowly Escaped Deportation

Originally published by Epoch Times ,21 Sept 2010
By Matthew Robertson

Nijat Abudureyimu woke in fright at 5am on the morning of Sept. 21 as dozens of policemen piled into his small living quarters in the Commune de Fontainemelon, Switzerland, telling him that he would be sent back to Italy that afternoon.

Mr. Abudureyimu (also spelt as Nijiati Abudureyimy) is a high-profile defector from communist China; he says being sent back to Italy is as good as a death sentence.

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U.S. Influence in Asia Revives Amid China’s Disputes

Originally published by The New York Times,22 Sept 2010

BEIJING — For the last several years, one big theme has dominated talk of the future of Asia: as China rises, its neighbors are being inevitably drawn into its orbit, currying favor with the region’s new hegemonic power.

 The presumed loser, of course, is the United States, whose wealth and influence is being spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and whose economic troubles have eroded its standing in a more dynamic Asia.

 But rising frictions between China and its neighbors in recent weeks over security issues have handed the United States an opportunity to reassert itself — one the Obama administration has been keen to take advantage of.

 Washington is leaping into the middle of heated territorial disputes between China and Southeast Asian nations despite stern Chinese warnings that it mind its own business. The United States is carrying out naval exercises with South Korea in order to help Seoul rebuff threats from North Korea even though China is denouncing those exercises, saying that they intrude on areas where the Chinese military operates.

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China’s human rights record criticised by MEPs

Originally published by BBC News,21 Sept 2010

China’s human rights record came in for criticism during a debate by MEPs ahead of a EU-China summit in October.

The debate on 21 September 2010 opened with a statement by Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht who said that relations between the two blocs had “grown immensely” since formal relations began in 1975.

He told MEPs that China was a vital trading partner with the EU but that more needed to be done to open Chinese markets to freer trade.

China is now the EU’s second largest partner after the United States.

However many MEPs used the debate to highlight issues including the death penalty, internet censorship and the treatment of people living in Tibet.

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Overhaul Coming To China’s Leadership

Originally published by,20 Sept 2010

By John Mauldin

In 2012, the Communist Party of China’s leaders will retire and a new generation, the so-called fifth generation, will take the helm. The transition will affect the CPC’s most powerful decision-making organs, determining the makeup of the 18th CPC Central Committee, the Political Bureau (Politburo) of the Central Committee, and most important, the nine-member Politburo Standing Committee that is the core of political power in China.

 While there is considerable uncertainty over the handoff, given China’s lack of clear, institutionalized procedures for succession and the immense challenges facing the regime, there is little reason to anticipate a succession crisis. But the sweeping personnel change comes at a critical juncture in China’s modern history, with the economic model that has enabled decades of rapid growth having become unsustainable, social unrest rising, and international resistance to China’s policies increasing.

 At the same time, the characteristics of the fifth generation leaders suggest a cautious and balanced civilian leadership paired with an increasingly influential and nationalist military. This will lead to frictions over policy even as both groups remain firmly committed to perpetuating the regime.

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Tangles in China-Japan Ties

Originally published by RFA,20 Sept 2010
By Michael Lelyveld
China will pursue its long-term interests with Japan despite border incident, experts say.
 A protester carries a cake calling for Japan to get out of the Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing, Sept. 18, 2010.

BOSTON—A heated dispute over offshore borders is likely to be only a temporary setback to relations between China and Japan, U.S. analysts say.

Despite friction over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing vessel in contested waters of the East China Sea on Sept. 7, the two Asian economic powers are seen as having too much at stake to risk their overriding interests.

“There is a tremendous amount of activity between China and Japan,” said Kenneth Lieberthal, director of the John L.
Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

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Cambodian PM to urge Obama to cancel “dirty” debt

Originally published by Reuters,20 Sept 2010

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday he would appeal to U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel a “dirty debt” of more than $300 million he said helped fuel civil conflict three decades ago.

Hun Sen, who will meet Obama in New York Wednesday, rejected a U.S. plan to reschedule payments of an estimated $317 million, a debt he said was incurred by a government that came to power in a 1970 coup backed by Washington.

“The debt Cambodia owes the United States from 1970 to 1975 is judged as dirty debt, so please cancel it,” Hun Sen said during the opening of a new bridge in Kandal province.

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