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• Arguing over Democracy: China Releases White Paper; Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui Condemns China on a Trip to Los Angeles
• President Hu Jintao to Visit North Korea this Week
• China Battling Bird Flue Outbreak Again

Arguing over Democracy: China Releases White Paper; Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui Condemns China on a Trip to Los Angeles

10-23: China released its first white paper on democracy, a seventy-four page report entitled, “Building of Political Democracy in China.” The report left no doubts that democracy will play second to Communist party dominance. It outright rejects any ideas of Western-style having a place in China.

The release of the paper coincides with increased Western pressure for openness and political change. Representatives from the United States and other Western countries such as World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have urged China to move forward on these issues.

Meanwhile in the US, Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui gave a thunderous speech denouncing the Communist Party’s undemocratic ways. Lee accused China of running a slave state while using the facade of its booming economy to dupe the free world into accepting its tyranny. On his 13-day US tour, Lee has likened today’s China to Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union. Lee’s trip has infuriated Beijing. His last visit in 1995 prompted Beijing to launch missiles into the shipping lanes of Keelung and Kaohsiung.

President Hu Jintao to Visit North Korea this Week

10-25: Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit North Korea at the end of October. President Hu’s Visit would be the first by a top Chinese leader since 2001. The visit comes at the completion of the successful round of six-party talks in September, in which North Korea has agreed to abandon its nuclear programs in exchange for a light-water reactor, aid, and a security guarantee.

The next round of talks is due to begin in November. The Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement for the trip reporting that the leaders would discuss “relations between the two parties and government and international and regional issues of common concern to both sides.” It also believed that the leaders would inevitably discuss the nuclear issue, with Beijing offering a helping hand while simultaneously exerting pressure.

China Battling Bird Flue Outbreak Again

10-26: China has reported its seventh outbreak this year for the “bird flue,” or H5N1 avian influenza. The most recent incident killed approximately 550 chickens and ducks in central Hunan province, reported the World Health Organization. The outbreak forced quarantine squads to put down more than 2,500 birds. The Chinese ministry of Agriculture has reported that the outbreak is under control and is being stomped out.

Thus far, bird flue has not been easily transmitted to humans—only those who have been in direct contact with the birds have been infected. Since the disease surfaced in Hong Kong in 1997, more than 60 have died.

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