Wednesday 04/10/13 - Batchelor First Hour

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Guests: co-host Gordon Chang, Forbes.com; Charles Burton, Brock University; Nury Turkel, Uyghur activist; David Livingston, SpaceShow.com; Don Kessler, former NASA; Lou-Ann Hammond, DrivingtheNation.com

 

JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW

Co-hosts: Gordon Chang, Forbes.com; David Livingston, The Space Show; Patrick Chovanec, Managing Director and Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management

Hour One

Wednesday  10 April  2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Charles Burton, professor of political science at Brock University, in re:  The pronouncement with an imperialist whiff:  "No one should be allowed to throw Asia into chaos: Xi Jinping warns  In a veiled criticism of its long-time ally North Korea, new Chinese PresidentXi Jinping today warned that no one should be allowed to create chaos for selfish gains and asked all nations to contribute their share in maintaining peace. Responding to regional worries over North Korea's bellicose threats, Xi said, "No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains."  "While pursuing its own interests, a country should accommodate the legitimate interests of others," Xi said without naming any country. "Peace, like air and sunshine, is hardly noticed when people are benefiting from it. But none of us can live without them," he said. "Countries, whether big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, should all contribute their share to maintain and enhancing peace. Rather than undercutting each other's efforts, countries should complement each other and work for joint progress," Xi said.

---An oracular statement – which RenMinJrbao then claimed was criticizing the USA.  A nuclearized Korean peninsula is nothing that China wants to see. The hysterical infant's threat to blow up Austin, Texas, is not encouraging. "Close as lips and teeth" isn’t quite how it is now. However, Beijing holds all the cards to shut the DPPRK down. CCP is highly miffed that Kim would defy it.  If Washington treated Canada like  this, things would not go well – yet the increasingly arrogant PRC acts as though it's in charge of all Asia.  Infant Kim has not gone to Beijing to pay obeisance; Han Chinese are clear that they’re racially and culturally superior to the mere Koreans (and everyone else).  Pressing: alienation of regime from populace, gap between rich and poor, grave economic problems: Xi not addressing the serious issues; is presiding over he beginning of the end of this form of govt there. XI demands kowtowing and compliance; Kim's insurrection is impossible for PRC to swallow, If DPRK and ROK joined, that'd throw and impossible problem in Xi's lap.  The new boss of China, Xi.

Xi's made these comments in his speech at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) attended by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and nine other heads of government, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot and over 1500 business leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates.  Xi's statement came in the backdrop of heightened tension in the Korean Peninsula after China's close ally Pyongyang increased war preparedness threatening nuclear war following a joint war games by the US and South Korea.  Earlier, Chinese Foreign MinisterWang Yi told the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that China would not allow "trouble-making" at its doorstep by any party.  US is pressuring China to act tough against North Korea. Chinese officials believe that North Korea's new ruler Kim Jong Un is drifting from China's influence ever since he succeeded his father in 2011.  Xi's call for stability in Asia also comes in the backdrop of maritime disputes between China and Japan over islands and China and South East Asian countries over South China Sea besides border dispute with India.  Xi said while China safeguards its sovereignty and territorial interests, it would also work for peace and stability in the region. [Economic Times of the India Times]

Wednesday  10 April  2013 / Hour 1, Block B:  Nury Turkel, Esq., former president of Uighur American Association, in re: China has sentenced 20 ethnic Uighur men to a jail term of up to life in prison on charges of terrorism and separatism.  The Kashgar and Bayingol courts said the men had their "thoughts poisoned by religious extremism," and that they used cell phone and DVDs "to spread Muslim religious propaganda."  The court report said that some of them bought weapons in order to kill police officers as part of a jihad and spread propaganda about the banned East Turkestan Islamic Movement. It is not known if the Uighur men pled guilty or not but, regardless, acquittals in China's court system, which is Party-run, are rare.

The accusation, as always, is "terrorism" – connecting them to an obscure group named the East Turkistan Islamic Movement.  The extremely modest deeds of the men are visibly unconnected to any possible terrorist organization.  Prosecutors, judge and defense council all are one in China. Not an independent judiciary.  Dilax Raxit, of the German-based World Uighur Congress, said the punishments were uncalled for and were being used to suppress the ethnic Muslim Uighurs. Raxit said the 20 Uighurs only did things like listen to Radio Free Asia and forward videos downloaded from YouTube, which they had done to spread religious knowledge and preserve their culture and lifestyle. "China has completely deprived the Uighurs of their rights to use the Internet to express different opinions and to obtain information," Raxit said in a statement.  As for a new administration in Beijing – no sign of any shift. No acknowledgment that their policies have been abject failures.  No Chinese leader seems to realizes that it's their policies that cause ethnic tensions.   New pipeline from Siberia: through Xinjiang. Obliterate Uyghurs to accommodate the pipeline?  Xinjiang is a valuable piece of real estate, both carrying new pipelines and being a trade route to Central Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and even India. Ergo, fresh suppression of Uyghurs: both to carry pipelines and to complete cultural genocide, esp in Kashgar: Chinese govt destroyed priceless historic relics for no reason (said "to modernize"). With 1.3 bil Chinese people, the number of Uyghrs is comparatively small.  Also, they see Uyghurs as a religiously-independent group – a deep threat to the Communist Party.  Han Chinese mean to take it all.

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Wednesday  10 April  2013 / Hour 1, Block C: Hotel Mars, episode n.  Don Kessler, astrophysicist and former NASA scientist known for his studies of space debris, and David Livingston, The Space Show, in re: space debris and mitigation efforts.  US headed for 'perfect storm' in space    The government is tracking about 23,000 pieces of space debris, but there are estimated to be more than 500,000 bits up there, many of which...

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Wednesday  10 April  2013 / Hour 1, Block D:  LouAnn Hammond, Drivingthenation.com, in re: Imperial Japan's conduct across China when it invaded during WWII, with its headquarters in Manchukuo, is still vivid among Chinese people.  All parents who survived the war have told their children of the terrifying abuse in ghastly detail.  However, recent Chinese leaders are symptoms of a weak state: have stirred up anti-Japanese sentiment.   Senkaku/Diaoyutai: sales of Japanese cars decreased, but now are slowly increasing.  Much anti-Japanese sentiment formerly – a Toyota dealership was burned; sign: "We'll kill all Japanese even if we have to die doing so."

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