Wednesday 10 October 2018
Photo: Happy Ten-ten Day, Meng Hongwei — who was kidnapped, disappeared, and possibly tortured and killed by the unelected tyrants of Beijing.
October 10, known as Ten-ten Day, National Day of the Republic of China, commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising of 10 October 1911, which led to the end of the Ch‘ing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Chinese Republic on 1 January 1912. The nation’s founding father, Sun Yat-sen, a medical doctor by training, received financial support mainly from overseas Chinese communities to overthrow the imperial Ch‘ing dynasty and establish the second republic in Asia in 1912.
After the civil war in mainland China, National Day was celebrated in regions inhabited by Chinese patriots who remained loyal to the Republic and to the notion of republican government and human liberty.
The Blue Sky with a White Sun (Chinese: 青天白日旗; ch‘ing t‘ian pai jih ch‘i) serves as the design for the national emblem of the Republic of China and as the naval jack of the ROC Navy. In the "Blue Sky with a White Sun" symbol, the twelve rays of the white Sun represent the twelve months and the twelve traditional Chinese hours, each of which corresponds to two modern hours and symbolizes the spirit of progress.
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Co-hosts: Gordon Chang, Forbes.com and David Livingston, The Space Show
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 1, Block A: Mark Clifford, former editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post and a Hong Kong resident since 1992, in re: The predation, ambition, and confusion of China in the 21st Century. The Decatur incident, an Arleigh Burke-class ship, was challenged by a PLA Navy destroyer, came within 45 yards; excessively dangerous, being seconds way from a collision, which would have been catastrophic ; China claimed that the bogus island nearby was Chinese territory: inaccurate.
Victor Mallet, long-time editor and columnist, was denied a visa to Hong Kong, as were others; Beijing making a point . The Hong Kong National party (independence) has been banned, as will be a student group led by Joshua ___ and others. In media and throughout civil society, demanding loyalty to the PRC.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 1, Block B: See Hoon Kim, graduate student at the University of Rochester, in re: His attempt to hold a scholarly conference and the Chinese government’s brazenly preventing the discussion.
“In March I was organizing an event at the University of Rochester; intention was to spread the idea of dialogue, using the Tibetan issue as an example. We have a lot of Chinese students on the campus.”
At least since 1998, China has used brutality, ethnic cleansing; HH Holiness the Dalai Lama has taken the position that Tibet not have independence, but has spoken of “cultural genocide” used by China against Tibetans.
“My primary goal was to live out the principle of being able to talk openly as students, agree or disagree.
“Up until a day before the event (which was to have been on 31 March), I was told that the hosting organization favored the event and would help me in registration. Then I got a message saying that some Chinese students had heard from ‘the international community’ saying that they were concerned. I wasn’t worried because this is the US.
“In the morning, I got an email form my advisor saying that the hosting organization had withdrawn its sponsorship so the event was cancelled. She even suggested that I move the event to a location off-campus. I was disgusted, and so upset that we were compromising our values as Americans.”
Who made the phone call that cancelled? An upset student or the Chinese government, or a donor.
Perry Link suggested hat the Chinese govt is like an anaconda in a chandelier in the ballroom. Everyone knows it’s there; it needn’t do much, but it’s presence is enough to keep everyone in line.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 1, Block C: : See Hoon Kim, graduate student at the University of Rochester, in re: University of Rochester disgraces itself.
GCC: So just hours before the event you get turfed off to a remote classroom.
”What I heard from the dean was that he’d had to re-book the room after the cancellation ‘so it wouldn’t look as though the university was cancelling it.’ He said that in future I should go talk to the Chinese community first. The weird thing was that, up until that time, I'd never got a single email from the organization that had pulled out; but the dean suggested that I go talk to that group.”
The university is saying that the Chinese govt has a veto on university events.
“Even so, and in a distant venue, over 70 students showed up: from Mainland, and other Chinese, and diverse students and people from Rochester.”
Shows that the Chinese security services are sometimes ineffective.
Mark Clifford: It’s quite chilling. Chinese student organizations have a veto on what can be said. Administration is so easily intimidated; a mid-level bureaucrat pulled the plug.
“A lot of the Chinese students do pay out of pocket; some are on partial sponsorship. They pay full, top dollar”
That’s all good for the university. The Chinese Students and Scholars Organization is run out of Beijing and is designed to monitor students; what it does is a violation of US sovereignty on American soil.
Chinese spies? “I’ve heard a lot about that in college – they always have to watch what they say, as in, ’I don't feel comfortable talking about Tibet, or Christianity in China.’”
A professor said that her students wouldn't ask any questions until she installed software that let them write to her anonymously. Forbidden topics: Taiwan, Tien An Men, Tibet, religion, . . .
“My speaker, representing the Office of Tibet, aid that all he wanted to do was have a conversation.”
Did he mention the self-immolations? “Yes.” JB: That’s enough; everyone gets it immediately.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 1, Block D: Mark Clifford, former editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post and a Hong Kong resident since 1992, in re: Mike Pompeo was publicly chastised by Wang Yi, Chinese foreign minister, for multiple transgressions. Being of a Trumpian mentality, Pompeo responded clearly.
Important dialogue, mil-to-mil conference other meetings, al cancelled by China despite that being counterproductive to Chia. In doing things that damage their own cause, they show that they're rattled. Leading website; AppleDaily. . . . Hong Kong is now the leading negative example for Taiwan.
JB: American friend says, When I go to China I leave all my electronics at home. When I arrive, I have only face-to-face meetings.
MC: China’s surveillance state is at war with its own effort to modernize its society its own people can't trust each other and can't think or talk freely.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 2, Block A: Charles Burton, professor at Brock University, on this: Meng Hong-wei was in the Ministry of Public Security; then a pre-dawn meeting of the National Supervisory Commission, the country's top anti-corruption unit, that accused Meng of accepting bribes and committing unspecified other crimes — “Orwell with no irony.”
Meng wasn’t recalled from France because of corruption; rather, for showing insufficient loyalty to a rigid Party apparatus. A political manoeuver. Strong signal to all overseas Chinese to serve the regime more aggressively.
Dolgun Issa, president of World Uyghur Society, resident in Germany. Beijing was annoyed that Meng couldn’t deliver him back to headquarters. Xi Jinping demands absolute loyalty; thinks he can get that from foreign organizations, too; in his overreach, Xi is demonstrating that there’s something —dunno exactly what— is wrong at the top of the political system. China has a lot of problems and Xi is being blamed. . . . How can you engage with a country that’s committing cultural genocide- a million Uyghurs in concentration camps. A condemnation of all of us who collaborate with such a regime. . . . Trudeau administration isn’t responding to the barbarity of Beijing. https://www.economist.com/china/2018/10/09/some-clues-on-why-china-arrested-the-president-of-interpol [The first Chinese head of Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, is under investigation in China, a source has told the Post, amid mystery surrounding his disappearance after his wife reported to French police he had gone missing. Meng Hongwei, 64, who is also a vice-minister at China’s Ministry of Public Security, was “taken away” for questioning by discipline authorities “as soon as he landed in China” last week, according to the source . . . —SCMP]
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 2, Block B: Cleo Paskal, visiting Trudeau Fellow, University of Montreal, and associate fellow, Chatham House, in re: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/05/india-wants-to-buy-russian-missiles-to-counter-china-influence.html
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 2, Block C: Fraser Howie, author, Red Capitalism; in re: China’s economy
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 2, Block D: Monica Crowley, London Center for Research, in re: New US ambassador to the UN
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 3, Block A: Hotel Mars, episode n. Alan Stern, planetary scientist & principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, & Chief Scientist at Moon Express; in re:
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 3, Block B: Hotel Mars, episode n. Alan Stern, planetary scientist & principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, & Chief Scientist at Moon Express; in re:
[Uwingu is a private, for-profit company founded by Alan Stern, a former NASA associate administrator. The company lets the public nominate names for exoplanets and craters of Mars on Uwingu's new Mars map.]
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 3, Block C: Nargiz Gurbanova (@GurbanovaNargiz), Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria, in re: Bulgaria and Azerbaijan
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 3, Block D: Lara M Brown, director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University; & author, Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants; in re: House seats.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 4, Block A: The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds Ph.D.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 4, Block B: The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds Ph.D.
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 4, Block C: The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War, by Neal Bascomb
Wednesday 10 October 2018/ Hour 4, Block D: The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War, by Neal Bascomb