>On January 22, the Washington Post published an editorial entitled “Hillary is in”, in which the author said that along with Obama, Hillary’s candidacy “is a development to be welcomed by Americans of both parties.” It seems that the Americans are prepared psychologically for either a black or a female president.
— Editorial, People’s Daily Online, official publication of Communist Party of China; January 24, 2007
Pictured here: “Reds in space”; Chinese astronauts (“taikonauts”) Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng aboard Shenzhou 6, which was launched on October 12, 2005, on top of a Long March rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
In addition to its successful manned space program, the People’s Republic of China has now demonstrated to the world that it has the capability of potentially blowing US spy satellites out of orbit. The Pentagon will sleep well tonight. Of course, the Soviets have maintained orbital weapons platforms for decades. As we blog below, former President Bill Clinton, whose wife will be running for the same office in 2008, may very well be responsible for the technology transfer that made China’s weaponization of space possible.
China confirms test of anti-satellite weapon, has informed US – UPDATE 2
01.23.07, 2:42 AM
ETBEIJING (XFN-ASIA) China confirmed that it has conducted a test of a satellite-destroying weapon, saying it has informed the United States of its actions.
‘Regarding having conducted the test, China has already notified other parties and has also notified the American side,’ foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters.
‘But China stresses that it has consistently advocated the peaceful development of outer space and it opposes the arming of space and military competition in space.
‘China has never, and will never, participate in any form of space arms race,’ Liu said. The White House said last week that China had used a missile to destroy an orbiting weather satellite on January 11, making it the third country after the United States and the former Soviet Union to shoot down an object in space.
Until Tuesday, China had refused to publicly confirm the test.
The successful test drew condemnation and expressions of concern from many countries, including the United States, Japan and Australia, amid fears the test could spark an arms race in space.
It meant that China could theoretically shoot down spy satellites or other orbiters operated by other nations. AFP
In spite of China’s pseudo-capitalist perestroika deception, the world’s most populous country and paleo-communist state is unswervingly committed to digesting Taiwan and ending the Chinese Civil War. A report issued by the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which was held in 2002, offered the friendly “velvet glove” approach to Chinese-Taiwanese unification:
The message carried in Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary Jiang Zemin’s report to the ongoing 16th CPC National Congress is one of goodwill and total sincerity to Taiwan compatriots.
Yang Guoqing, president of the All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots, told China Daily that Jiang’s message was received warmly by Taiwan compatriots and boosted their confidence in the peaceful reunification of the motherland.
The principle of peaceful reunification, the formula of “one country, two systems,” and the eight-point proposal put forward by Jiang represent the trend of the modern era and fully accord with the fundamental interests of Taiwan compatriots, Yang said.
Separatism is against the will of the majority of Taiwan people and is doomed to failure, said Yang, who is also vice-president of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and head of the Taiwan delegation to the congress.
Inside the velvet glove, however, is an iron fist. With a little technology transfer from the crypto-communist Putinist regime in Moscow, Beijing is beefing up its strike force against the “secessionist province” otherwise known as the Republic of China.
China deploys J-10 warplanes near Taiwan Strait
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Sunday January 21, 2007
China has deployed its newly-developed J-10 warplanes near the Taiwan Strait, apparently to warn Taiwan against seeking independence, a Taiwan newspaper said on Sunday.
The China Times, quoting an unnamed military official, said China has deployed 12 J-10 warplanes to an airbase in Zhejiang Province in south-east China, 500 kilometres from the Taiwan Strait.
“China has begun mass production of J-10s. It plans to produce 120 J-10 warplanes,” the official said.
China unveiled the J-10 on January 5, claiming it was superior to the US F-16 fighter jets which are serving in the Taiwan Air Force.
The Taiwan military official said China wants the J-10 to replace the J-7 and J-82 – the previous models of the J-line warplanes – in airstrikes against Taiwan, but Taiwan still thinks its F-16s are superior to the J-10s, the China Times said.
“The F-16’s rivals are the SU-27 and the SU-30. China plans to manufacture a total of 400 SU jets with transfer of technology from Russia,” the official said.
China called the development of the J-10 a breakthrough in China’s research and development of heavy fighter aircraft.
China and Taiwan split since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, and China has threatened to recover Taiwan by force if Taipei declares independence.
For self-defence, Taiwan has been buying modern weapons from Western countries to protect its air space and the 200-kilometre Taiwan Strait.
Ten years ago the Taiwan Air Force launched its second-generation fleet – 130 self-developed IDFs (Indigenous Defence Fighter), 150 US F-16 Block A/Ds and 60 French Mirage 2000-5s – to boost its defences against China.
The Taiwan Air Force is seeking to introduce its third-generation fleet. The Taiwanese press has said the US has agreed to sell Taiwan 66 F-16 Block D/Cs, which are more advanced than F-16 Block A/Bs.
How China Bought the Clintons, Took the White House, and Improved Its Killer Satellite Technology: The 1996 Democratic Campaign Finance Scandal Revisited in Advance of the 2008 Election
Pictured here: The Slickster, John Huang (center, facing), and James Riady (right).
I rather suspect that the CPC would be very pleased for its second Manchurian Candidate, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, to occupy the White House. After all, her husband, China’s first Manchurian Candidate, performed so well. Charles R. Smith, writing in September 2003, dredges up the sinister connections between the People’s Liberation Army, the Lippo Group bank, and the Clintons:
Moctar and James Riady played a key role in bringing the Clintons to power in Washington. The Indonesian billionaire and his Lippo banking company managed to contribute large sums of money to the Clintons’ campaigns even though it was against the law. Moctar’s gardener contributed $450,000 directly to Bill Clinton in a single check. James Riady, Moctar’s son, eventually pleaded guilty to campaign violations.
The connections between the Riadys and the Clintons have a much more sinister theme than simple foreign money inside U.S. elections. Testimony before the U.S. Senate revealed Moctar Riady’s involvement in Chinese espionage. The Lippo Group is in fact a joint venture of China Resources, a trading and holding company “wholly owned” by the Chinese communist government and used as a front for Chinese espionage operations.
Riady, deputy chair of the Lippo Group, is a long-time family friend of the Clintons since 1977, having worked for Jackson Stephens’ Worthen bank holding firm in Little Rock. Through their relationship with Stephens, Riady and his dad Mochtar met Bill Clinton, who was then Governor of Arkansas. James was also a major campaign contributor to the Democratic Party. In 1998 the United States Senate investigated Riady, who pled guilty to campaign finance violations by himself and the Lippo Group. Riady’s US$8.6 million fine was the largest ever imposed in a campaign finance case.
Riady cohort John Huang worked for the California branch of the Sino-Indonesian Lippo Bank, became deputy assistant secretary for international economic affairs in the Clinton Commerce Department, and then in 1996 became a primary fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. In 1999 he was convicted for funneling US$156,000 in illegal campaign contributions from Lippo Group employees to the Democratic Party.
Writing five years earlier, Smith reveals in “How China Took the White House” that Chinese funding for the Democratic National Convention also came from the People’s Liberation Army through front companies known as COSTIND and Poly Technologies Corp.:
Yet, Lt. Gen. Shen of COSTIND is also the boss of one Wang Jun, international arms dealer and friend of Bill Clinton through Charlie Trie. The same Wang Jun, Chinese arms dealer, who paid his way into a meeting with Bill Clinton inside the White House. COSTIND owns Wang Jun’s company Poly Technologies Corp. Poly Technologies also is backed by the Lippo Group and Bill Clinton’s Indonesian billionaire friends — the Riadys.
Bill Clinton’s self-described “good friend” Charlie Trie took the money he obtained from Jun and passed it directly to the DNC as admission into the White House. John Huang, the “secret” cleared, DNC fund-raiser/Commerce employee, also took money from the Riadys and passed it on to Bill Clinton. Thus, the Chinese Army contributed to Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign from three directions. PLA money came from Johnny Chung, as published in the New York Times. More money also came from Charlie Trie and John Huang.
Smith also reveals that in 1994 President Clinton gave Loral Space and Communications Corp. CEO and Democratic Party stalwart Bernard Schwartz the go-ahead to initiate technology transfers with communist China: “One of the deals that Schwartz made with COSTIND was for the use of computer-generated secret codes to control satellites in space. The export of secure control systems for satellites to China had never been approved by any other U.S. president.” That same technology transfer, personally authorized by “Comrade” Bill, is quite likely behind China’s new killer satellite demonstration. In January 2002 the US federal government successfully prosecuted Loral for violations of the Arms Export Control Act, resulting in a US$14 million fine, the second largest in the history of the regulation.
Wanna bet that the MSM will diligently deep six these “archaic facts” in order to promote the Moscow-Beijing Axis’ favored candidate for the 2008 US presidential election?
The People’s Daily article below notes that “Comrade” Hillary possesses three outstanding qualities: 1) prestige and popularity, 2) expert advisors, especially in the form of her spouse, the Slickster, 3) and the ability to raise funds, with an ironic and amusing reverse hat tip toward the PLA and said Indonesian intermediaries. Pictured below: “Best buds”; President Bill (“Slick Willie”) Clinton and the previous President-Dictator of China, Jiang Zemin.
First female president or first black president?
UPDATED: 17:35, January 24, 2007
“I am in and I am in to win”
“I am in and I am in to win,” said HillaryRodham Clinton, New York State senator and spouse of former US President Bill Clinton, when she announced her bid to be the first female president in American history on January 20. Ms. Clinton, 59, formally stated in a video posted on her personal website that she was preparing to run in the 2008 US presidential election. Ms. Clinton loftily said: “Only a new president will be able to undo Bush’s mistakes and restore our hope and optimism.” Ms. Clinton clearly chose what she hopes will be a lucky date to announce her candidacy – usual practice dictates that the next US President will be officially sworn into office on January 20, 2009.
Ms. Clinton also announced in her speech that she was forming her exploratory committee to run for president. She said that she was starting by inviting all Americans to join her in a series of live web chats on three evenings to discuss improving health care, reducing deficits, concluding the Iraq War, regaining America’s position as a respected player in international affairs, and more.
“Changing the political status quo”
On January 16 – four days before Ms. Clinton came forward as a presidential candidate – 45-year-old African American senator Barack Obama made it clear he had the same dream. He too announced his intention of running in the election in a video posted on his website. He has decided to form his presidential campaign exploratory committee, and will confirm his involvement on February 10. “As Americans, we must change our political status quo,” he said.
If he succeeds in the 2008 presidential election, Obama will be the first black president in the history of America.
Many analysts believe that the Democratic Party will win the next presidential election. In a public opinion survey conducted by Newsweek and released on January 21, 49 percent of respondents said they would vote for the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election while only 28 percent said they would support the Republican Party. As much as 70 percent are opposed Bush’s policies in Iraq.
Given such high expectations of success for the Democrats at the 2008 elections, many Democrats are keen to enter the playing field and try their luck. Other senators who have announced bid for Democrat candidacy are former Senator and 2004 Democratic vice president nominee Senator John Edwards, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Rumor also has it that Delaware Senator Joseph R. Biden, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and retired General Clark may also bid.
Clinton and Obama way ahead of the pack
Although it is still too early to draw conclusions about the 2008 US presidential election, it widely believed that there is no dark horse, and that either Ms. Clinton or Obama will win.
The Washington Post and ABC Sunday jointly announced the results of the latest poll, according to which, Ms. Clinton’s support rate within the Democratic Party is as high as 41 percent and Obama’s is 17 percent. Gallup’s poll, taken a week ago, found that approximately 29 percent of Democrat voters support Ms. Clinton, while 18 percent prefer Obama. Other recent surveys also show that Ms. Clinton and Obama are far more popular than other Democrat candidates.
The superwoman’s “three secret weapons”
Ms. Clinton’s unparalleled prestige and popularity is her greatest advantage. Nearly everyone knows her in the United States. In fact, her popularity has actually grown since her husband, Bill Clinton, concluded his two terms in office. In recent years Ms. Hillary Clinton has become the hottest female politician in the US political arena.
Hillary’s second advantage is that she has one the best political advisors in the country at her side – her husband. Bill Clinton, 60, still has the outstanding personal charisma that helped him win office in 1992 and remains very popular. Many Americans cherish the memory of the good times in the Clinton era. This will undoubtedly be of benefit to Ms. Clinton.
Ms. Clinton’s third “secret weapon” is her outstanding ability to raise funds. In autumn last year when she was reelected senator, she raised more than US$40 million. There is still US$14 million left over in the bank. Former Speaker of the House, Republican Newt Gingrich, once said that Hillary could raise more funds than any other Democrat, and that this amount could potentially exceed the total raised by other Democratic candidates.
Of course, Hillary has her “Achilles’ Heel” – her ambiguous stand on the war in Iraq. She once voted in favor of the war in Iraq and still “stands in the last row” in the anti-war queue, despite criticizing the war and shifting her position on it. Another worry for some might be that between the Clinton and the Bush family, the White House has been dominated by just two families for nearly 20 years. Ms. Clinton may not fulfill Americans’ desire for change.
Obama has both obvious advantages and defects
Obama’s major advantage is that he is young, vivacious and charming. Obama is quite unlike the traditional politicians in Washington DC. Both media and the public have lavished praise on him, reminding people of the years of Bill Clinton or even the Kennedy brothers. This is the so-called “Obama phenomenon”
. Secondly, Obama is currently the only black senator in the United States Congress, and just the fifth black senator in US history. His father came to the US as a student from Kenya, which will make him popular with African American voters. Thirdly, Obama is an outstanding example of someone who is living the American dream. He was born into a common family and rose from the bottom of the society. He often claims to be the “poorest person in the Senate”. Civilians find this very inspiring. Fourthly, unlike Hillary, Obama has taken a firm stance against the Iraq war. This will help him to win the anti-war vote.
However, to some extent, Obama’s advantages are also his shortcomings. His biggest weakness is that, comparatively new to Washington, he lacks experience. Obama was elected a senator for the first time in 2004. Only one other senator has spent less time in office than he. If he does not receive adequate guidance, Obama will face enormous obstacles in raising funds and controlling issues for discussion in the future.
No matter who wins the election, Ms. Clinton or Obama, Americans will face an interesting question – a female president or a black president? Either one would be unprecedented.
A poll by the Cable News Network (CNN) in December 2006 found that 62 percent of American voters are prepared to accept a black president. On January 22, the Washington Post published an editorial entitled “Hillary is in”, in which the author said that along with Obama, Hillary’s candidacy “is a development to be welcomed by Americans of both parties.” It seems that the Americans are prepared psychologically for either a black or a female president.
By People’s Daily Online