Archive for July 13th, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

China’s Relations with the Islamic World

China’s relations with the Islamic world, cultivated during the last few decades, could become negatively affected by Beijing’s policies on Xinjiang, Rebecca MacKinnon believes:

Suppress the Tibetans however you like and your external economic relationships won’t suffer that much. Treat China’s restive Muslim minority in an insensitive, ham-fisted manner, and there could be all kinds of hell to pay.

rconversation, Xinjiang Infowar, July 13 »

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kim Jong-il: Pancreatic Cancer?

Yonhap television news (YTN) reports that North Korea’s party and military chief Kim Jong-il is suffering from pancreatic cancer.  YTN is supposed to have gathered the information from unidentified Chinese and South Korean intelligence sources.

Early Monday, YTN’s Beijing-based correspondent said that doctors had diagnosed Mr. Kim with the cancer when he was being treated for a stroke. The Wall Street Journal‘s Evan Ramstad sees only little evidence that Mr. Kim is trying to keep his family dynasty going by pushing his third and youngest son into a position to succeed him when he dies.

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