Archive for August, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kim in the Computer Room

Comrades: I will dictate, and you’ll write after me.

A good education is what a country rises and falls with. This must be given great attention. Every school must train its students to become qualified personnel, to complete the task of building a prosperous country. And the students must study diligently. Starting with primary and secondary school, computer education must also be strengthened, to enable the students to skillfully use computers.

Kim in the Computer Room

Kim in the Computer Room

According to Xinhua, North Korea’s KCNA news agency didn’t inform about the time and day Kim Jong-il inspected. The place apparently was a middle (high) school in Munchon, Kangwon-do. News published by KCNA on August 29 / by Xinhua on August 30.


Kim Jong-il, Pancreatic Cancer? – July 13, 2009
Profile Kim Jong-il, BBC News, January 16, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hermit: Taiwan Loves the Motherland

Hermit the Passionate Patriotic Taoist Dragonfly: Patriotism Knows No Class Background

Hermit the Passionate Patriotic Taoist Dragonfly: Patriotism Knows No Class Background

Hello Children,

the Labor Party (劳动党) in Taiwan is somewhat zuopai, and we would therefore definitely ban it here on the mainland, but its patriotic action in Taiwan is commendable! Today, they took part in ten organizations’ protests outside the headquarters of the DPP in Taipei. They understand the true nature of the invitation of the Dalai to Taiwan, and point out that he has all along been engaged in separatist activities, and only distracts from reconstruction work!

Besides, Ms Ji Xin (纪欣) of the Alliance for the Reunification of China delivered an in-depth analysis and exposed the Dalai’s true nature and the DPP’s political conspiracy! And Wu Rongyuan (吴荣元) of the Labor Party pointed out that reconstruction and Taiwan long-term social stability require political stability, and maintaining cross-straits relations, and peaceful development!

The protest was led by Labor Party’s Secretary-General Tang Shu (唐曙) who let the people know that stories about formaldehyde in emergency homes handed to the needy island of Taiwan by the benevolent CCP was a rumor spread by the DPP [and their willful agent C.A., for that matter] which has made irresponsible remarks (民进党就一直在说三道四)!

From this you see, children, that when such an important matter as the unity of the motherland is at stake, people of very different class backgrounds can come together and foil sinister attempts on our unity.

As Hong Kong Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam said in 2006, after the return to the motherland, Hong Kong’s achievements have gained widespread international recognition!

I’ll leave you with a beautiful story, children. It took the Monkey five hundred years to get smart. But Ms Ji and Mr Comrade Tang and Comrade Wu are already wise, and they are only so young!

Don’t think too much about it. Too much thinking is unhealthy. Just be ambitious, lose no time and become wise at an earlier date.

If you think you can take your time and spend 500 years without your loving compatriots from the mainland, you are dead-wrong.

You better can’t wait. Got to fly now.


“Police gave … Multiple Warnings to Break Up the Illegal Assembly”, Taipei Times, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hong Kong: How to Corrupt an Open Society

[The following is no science, and no judicial opinion.]

Whenever he pointed out that the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong blocked elections on any level, pro-Beijingers had denied this, and asked him to provide evidence, Martin Lee Chu-ming (李柱铭) tells  Singapore’s Morning News (联合早报). He cites Li Guikang (黎桂康), Cao Erbao (曹二宝), and Cheng Jie (程洁) as his witnesses.

Neither of the three can probably count as great friends of Martin Lee. Cao Erbao, head of the Chinese government’s Liaison Office[‘s research department – update] in Hong Kong, had frankly stated that Hong Kong is governed by a duopoly of mainland Chinese cadres and local Hong Kong officials. Cao’s article, although unclassified and published, kept hibernating for about a year before it caught wider public attention. “Hong Kong’s politicians in general aren’t surprised”, writes Morning News.

Now Cheng Jie (程洁), an associate professor of law at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a lawyer for the National People’s Congress Standing Committee to work on Hong Kong and Macau Basic Law issues in 2006 and 2007, adds her story of a new policy, in the Fall edition of the Hong Kong Journal.

Martin Lee has a lot of reason to draw on Cheng’s and  Cao’s article as evidence.

“After Reunification, since China has resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, the Central Authorities exercise the constitutional power to govern Hong Kong according to the Constitution and the Basic Law. The organization the Central People’s Government posts to Hong Kong, can now legitimately be described as Offices set up by the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region performing functions under the Basic Law as authorized by Central Authorities”,

Cao wrote in the fourth thesis of his paper, The transformation of the team of cadres of the Central and Mainland Authorities carrying out Hong Kong work into an important governing power also reflects a major change in the historical position in the Hong Kong work of our Party as the national ruling Party.

His assumption might to some extent be based on the 50-years time limit for Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” – but then, for fifty years, there this autonomy is supposed to be around. Beijing’s problem with it is that in Hong Kong, there are “two suns in the sky” – which is an absolute “No” for the CCP. Really no surprise, but a bad foundation for Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Of course, that’s not what Cheng says. Her article is technical, candid, and instructive.

“When the CFA [Court of Final Appeal, in 1999, Ng Ka Ling case] stated “unequivocally” that the courts of the region have the jurisdiction to examine legislative acts of the National People’s Congress or its Standing Committee (NPCSC), and to invalidate them if inconsistent with the Basic Law (the Chinese legislation that serves as Hong Kong’s de facto constitution), the NPCSC reacted with its first interpretation overriding the CFA decision. Even though the issue of constitutional jurisdiction itself was not addressed in the NPCSC’s interpretation, the clear statement rejecting the CFA’s interpretation and the express request for compliance with the NPCSC interpretation emphasized that final authority lay with the central government”,

she writes. Given that the CFA’s decision in itself was hardly popular in Hong Kong – it granted the legal right to abode for possibly more than 500,000 people born in mainland China, but with a father or mother who were permanent residents of Hong Kong -, this was a convenient Trojan horse for Beijing.

And an essential one, given the CCP’s mindset:

“In terms of devolution, Beijing has reserved powers over both the executive and legislative institutions of Hong Kong. Only judicial power is thoroughly devolved”,

writes Cheng Jie, and adds that given the CFA’s merely local character (Hong Kong), this was a “paradox”. Beijing’s reaction to the CFA’s role as the protector of the basic rights of Hong Kong citizens (Thomas Kellogg) on the other hand was almost predictable.

Less than a month after the decision was announced, Xu Chongde, a well-known Beijing-based conservative academic with deep ties to the government, denounced the decision as undermining the authority of the Standing Committee. In Xu’s view, the CFA had “overly expanded its powers.” Peking University professor and longtime government-affiliated academic Xiao Weiyun also criticized the ruling as overstepping the court’s authority in a manner that was detrimental to “one country, two systems.” Xu and Xiao’s comments were echoed a few days later by then-Information Minister Zhao Qisheng. “The court’s decision is a mistake and against the Basic Law,” Zhao told a group of reporters. “This is a very serious matter.”

Given the (even if unrealistic) imagination of half a million “mainlanders” rushing into Hong Kong at once, many HK citizens probably agreed that this was a very serious matter – though for different reasons.


Some further Reading:
The Danger of Keeping up Appearances, Suzanne Pepper, China Elections, June 2, 2009
China Expanding Power Base in HK, Paul Lin, Taipei Times, May 6, 2009
Excessive Deference or Strategic Retreat? The Impact of Basic Law Article 158, Thomas E. Kellogg, HK Journal, Spring Edition, 2008

Friday, August 28, 2009

CNA Quotes: Taiwan Affairs Office / SEF Secretary General Kao Kung-lian, re Dalai Lama Visit

Faxed statement by the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman, quoted by CNA (Taiwan):

Statement by State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office [the link for this article ( is apparently no longer available – JR, July 14, 2010] on August 27, concerning some forces within Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party [in the following: DPP] inviting the Dalai to Taiwan, a spokesman for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office stated:

The Dalai is no mere religious personality, he conducts activities to split the state under the banner of religion. No matter under which circumstances and in which capacity he goes to Taiwan, we are resolutely opposed (我們都堅決反對).

While all walks of life on the mainland offer a helping hand and support Taiwan in overcoming the typhoon and to rebuild their homes, some people of the DPP actually take the opportunity to plan for Dalai visiting Taiwan, clearly not for disaster relief, but for trying to harm the hard-earned good cross-strait relations. This sinister intention will meet with opposition from compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

CNA reporter Liu Zhengqing (劉正慶) – same source as above:

As the statement [by the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office] didn’t accuse [the link for this article ( is apparently no longer available – JR, July 14, 2010] president Ma Ying-jeou or the KMT at all, Strait Exchange Foundation (海基會) Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General Kao Kung-lian (高孔廉) says one can understand the mainland position, as its stance concerning the Dalai has always been this way (可以理解大陸的立場,因為大陸對達賴的看法一向如此). [Given the referrals to the DPP in the statement] Kao Kung-lian believes that the mainland acknowledges that the invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan is clearly just an action by the DPP (大陸已認知到,其實邀請達賴喇嘛訪台,明顯的就是民進黨在操弄).

[“操弄” may also stand for “manipulation”.]

Won’t the Dalai’s visit on August 30 have an impact on future cross-strait exchange, and even on the fourth meeting between the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, )海峡两岸关系协会) and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), planned for the end of the year? Kao Kung-lian says that at the moment, this is hard to tell. But she he also said thatnews and cultural exchange, the SEF’s purpose, are temporarily suspended because of the typhoon anyway, and if they are going to be continued isn’t related to the question of the Dalai’s visit, because from the Taiwan Affairs Office’s statement, the influence on the cross-straits relations isn’t that big.

Will the Dalai’s visit have an impact on the fourth meeting of the ARATS and the SEF (Jiang and Chen)  [Jiang Pin-kun (江丙坤), Chen Yunlin (陈云林)]? Kao Kung-lian indicates that this will be evaluated from what the Dalai Lama is going to do and to say.

[In this last line of the CNA article, the Dalai Lama is actually referred to as Dalai Lama.]

Friday, August 28, 2009

Aid for Taiwan, but “Other”

Shameless Splittist Jackal comes with Ulterior Motives

Shameless Splittist Jackal comes with Ulterior Motives

Just recently, China’s Global Times conducted a poll:
Should PLA of China Aid Taiwan to Relieve Typhoon Disaster?
Available Replies:

1. Yes, the PLA should because Taiwan is one part of China and Chinese should save their compatriots.
2. No, the PLA should not.
3. Yes, the PLA should, because U.S are friendly to Taiwan, and both of the two countries’ armies could go to releive disaster in Taiwan.
4. Others.

As of today, 09:30 GMT, the results are as follows:

1. 8 votes; 66.67%
2. 3 votes; 25.00%
3. 1 vote, 8.33%
4. 0 votes, 0.00%

Some people in Taiwan apparently opt for “others”.

After a refusal to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama last year, President Ma Ying-jeou now agreed to a request from the opposition to invite the Dalai Lama next week, to comfort victims of Typhoon Morakot.

JR condemns this decision in the strongest terms, because he is sure that the Dalai Lama’s support for the victims comes with ulterior motives.

Friday, August 28, 2009

An Argument

Oldenburg, Germany — in the morning, on the train. It’s packed with people, and to make things worse, there are also a lot of bicycles on board. Bicyclists are frequently requested to remove their bags from their bikes to save space. A few people usually heed the request – most don’t. Then a man in a wheelchair boards the train. He asks why the bags haven’t been removed. He manages to express his anger both clearly, and politely.

Where is the problem, a passenger asks. After all, there is still space for him, she says. [Which is true, but only for the gangway, next to the entrance]. She could be a teacher. Practical haircut, colorful glasses, and no really stupid expression on her face.

Why, the man in the wheelchair says – because the regulations say so. He’s still polite, and still very angry. I’m looking at the bunch of bikes and it dawns on me that the lady’s position is doomed. But she goes on: “It’s for the sake of arguing, right?”

“No,” says the man in the wheelchair. “It’s because I can’t reach the toilet, for example.”

Another passenger, apparently the lady’s husband, apologizes. “That’s true. We thought we could muddle through with our bags, but I can see the problem now.”

The lady keeps silent, and throws an angry look at her husband. The rest of the group, some ten more bicyclists, remain silent, too.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Namibia: Old Comrades Never Cheat

Namibia should insist on conditions that benefit its development agenda when dealing with partners such as China, permanent finance secretary Calle Schlettwein said on the Southern Africa 2020 Vision Conference in Windhoek. Schlettwein said thatif the scanner transaction between the Namibian government and the Chinese company Nuctech had been subject to tender, the current alleged corruption case could have been avoided. First National Bank of Namibia Group‘s chief executive officer Vekuii Rukoro supported Schlettwein’s position, suggesting that Namibians should “shake off” their  naivety in our dealings with our former benefactors during the liberation struggle. According to Rukoro, “this naivety is based “on the fact that we were comrades and allies forever and these guys will never seek to pursue their narrow national interest at the cost of our won national interest”.

In 2007, Beijing had inisted on tender exemption in return for a “soft loan”, writes The Namibian.

In an interview on Radio Australia on August 14, Tangeni Amupadhi of Insight Namibia explained the links  between Namibia’s ruling party SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organisation) and China’s CCP.

Apparently on August 19, China’s assistant minister of foreign affairs Zhai Jun, told a group of African reporters in Beijing that corruption was rife not only in Africa but around the world, and that

as China’s reform opens up we have more private businesses in Africa. We must educate them to engage in friendly ties and to respect the local laws.

Given the CCP’s record of fighting against corruption at home so far, Namibia probably shouldn’t hold its breath.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Month of the Ghosts

If you can offer this lot of food to the ghosts, you either own a grocery, or you are one of the people who have become rich first (Deng Xiaoping, unsourced) in mainland China. August is Ghost Month (鬼月) in China and elsewhere, and contrary to popular belief, it may actually be a safe month to travel, because all the superstitious thugs are staying indoors. Maybe.

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