The Inevitable World War With China
But what is truly worrisome is the 800-pound gorilla that will almost certainly trigger the mother of all World Wars.
China the Violent
In May-June 1989, approximately 100,000 students and workers rallied in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to protest government corruption and economic chaos. On June 4, the People's Liberation Army responded with tanks and guns, laying down a murderous fusillade that killed, by some estimates, thousands of their own citizens. To this day, China has permitted no investigation of the incident and has expunged it from all records.
China the Repressive
- The Chinese government maintains over 300 secret "labor re-education camps" that are totally outside the judicial system, where approximately 300,000 inmates have been stripped of all legal rights.
- Last week, Jerry Yang Ph.D., co-founder of Yahoo, admitted he turned over information to the Chinese government on journalist Shi Tao, who was convicted of sending state secrets to foreign-based Web sites. According to Journalists Without Borders, the "state secrets" were government warnings to domestic journalists about reporting sensitive issues. Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ten years in prison for posting a Chinese government warning to domestic journalists!
- A New York Times researcher, Zhao Yan, was imprisoned a year ago. From yesterday's New York Times editorial:
No one, except the Chinese authorities, knows precisely why Mr. Zhao was grabbed in a restaurant on Sept. 17, 2004, but it apparently was retaliation for The Times reporting in advance that the Chinese leader Jiang Zemin would retire. Mr. Zhao had nothing to do with that article, but the government has since charged him with leaking state secrets, a capital crime.