Archive for December 21st, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gorbachev’s near Cultural Revolution

Radio Moscow QSL, 1980s

Radio Moscow QSL, 1980s

Evgeny Bazhanov is vice chancellor of research and international relations at the foreign ministry’s Diplomatic Academy in Moscow. From 1985 to 1991, he served as Mikhail Gorbachev‘s adviser on foreign policy.

The Voice of Russia’s (VoR) Chinese service website quotes from explanations Bazhanov offers for the reformist approach the Soviet Union took under Gorbachev, and why, in his view, it had to differ from China’s.

The Moscow Times published Bazhanov’s original article in English in March. The contents of both articles are basically the same; with a few differences in the succession of his points.

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Related
How Gorbachev and June 4 saved the Day for Russia, RIA-Novosti, May 15, 2009

Updates
The article has become payware on The Moscow Times. However, it is still available elsewhere on the internet. – December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Xinjiang: Amnesty International Update on Ablikim Abdiriyim

Amnesty International (AI) called for the release of Ablikim Abdiriyim (阿布里克姆, also spelled Abudureyim) on Monday. Abdiriyim is the third son of World Uyghur Congress chairwoman Rebiya Kadeer. He was sentenced to nine years in prison in April 2007  for “instigating and engaging in secessionist activities”, according to AI. At the time, he had been in detention since June 2006.

Ablikim Abduriyim’s relatives visited him in prison on 13 December and he told them he had been tortured. He said he was also transferred to solitary confinement after refusing to sign a document denying that he had witnessed a controversial incident in the prison.

His health had since deteriorated sharply, writes AI

AI also reports that two more sons of Rebiya Kadeer, Alim Abdiriyim and Kahar Abdiriyim, were tried this decade. One of them is serving a seven-year prison sentence. They were both sentenced to fines amounting to millions of US dollars, and both sentences were handed out on November 27, 2006, one day after Kadeer had been elected World Uyghur Congress chairwoman, writes AI.

Two of Kadeer’s children appeared on television to condem Rebiya Kadeer after the July 2009 Urumqi race riots, according to the BBC‘s Chinese website. In August 2009, Xinhua published letters reportedly written by Rebiya Kadeer’s son Kahar, her daughter Roxingul, and other relatives.
They blamed her for organizing the riot in Urumqi on July 5 and apologized to the victims in two separate letters dated July 24, Xinhua reported.

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Related
7-5 Anniversary, Chinese Press Review, July 6, 2010
Xinjiang Secessionist sentenced, China Daily, April 17, 2007
Secretly Tried, Reuters / Zaman, March 10, 2007

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

KCNA: Die Another Day

Xinhuanet, via Enorth North Korea’s top headquarters said in a press communiqué on December 20 that North Korea wouldn’t counter-strike as a reaction to South Korea’s live-ammunition drill because “it wasn’t worth it”.

Korean Central Newsagency, when releasing the communiqué, said that America’s and South Korea’s military provocations on Yeonpyeong Island, in the seas west of the peninsula, were a “treacherous scheme”. It attempted to provoke a military response from North Korea, thus dragging the Korean peninsula towards the brink of war, to rescue the bankrupt U.S. Asia policies from the brink of bankruptcy, and their strategy against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. At the same time, this was a “propagandistic” provocation, trying to save the face of the South Korean authorities in their government crisis. Another reason for North Korea for not striking back was that the exercise had “secretly changed the firing zone and the points of impact”, and only the shells left from the previous exercise had been used. The communiqué said that such “contemptible military provocations” weren’t “worth to be reacted to every time”. The communiqué expressed that the second and third corresponding strikes announced by North Korea before would be used in the future “to liquidate the American and South Korean den”. The communiqué said that from this matter, the world should understrand who was the guardian of peace on the Korean peninsula, and who were the real war provocateurs.

Reportedly, South Korea carried out a live-ammunition exercise of more than one hour on Yeonpyeong Island. Prior to it, the North Korean military had issued a  notice to South Korea, demanding an immediate end plans for live ammunition drills in the Yeonpyeong naval area.

The notice said that if South Korea persisted in carrying out live ammuniton drills despite North Korea’s warning, North Korea would, to protect its sacred territorial waters, carry out the second and third, “hard-to-predict defense strikes”, the intensity of which would be stronger and bigger than the previous one.

On November 23, North and South Korea had exchanged fire in a disputed nautical area, near the “northern limit line“. The situation on the Korean peninsula seriously deteriorated.

There are differences between North and South Korea abut the border in the nautical area west of the Korean peninsula. South Korea and the U.S. set a “northern limit line” unilaterally, but North Korea hasn’t recognized it. The military naval demarcation line set by North Korea in 1999 lies further to the south than the “northern limit line”.

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Related
“North Korea offers Nuclear Concessions”, Irish Independent, December 21, 2010
Mark your Diary for Dai Bingguo, December 11, 2010

Update/Related
World Should Know Who is the Provoker, KCNA (Japan), December 20, 2010

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