China News

While a deal on double taxation will wait for another day, China and Taiwan signed three more agreements to bring their economies closer. (More properly, the agreements were made between Taiwan’s “Straits Exchange Foundation” and China’s “Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait,” as China and Taiwan do not recognize each other, and the KMT and the Communists are technically at war). The Taiwan Straits is the one area of the world where a war could do as much damage as World War I. It is important that the Chinese and Taiwanese view each other as business partners, not as enemies. The current warming of relations between Taiwan and China speaks well for the future of peace in the world.

The benefits of this are many. For instance, the Chinese Navy (technically, the People’s Liberation Army Navy) can focus on fighting Somali pirates.

Strange Nazis

Ignácz Timonthy Trebitsc-Lincoln, a Hungarian Jew and former Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, worked for the Empire of Japan and attempted to interest the Nazis in leading a worldwide Buddhist revolution. Among his fans were Henrich Himmler (who would later commit suicide in prison, in 1945) and Rudolf Hess (who would later commit suicide in prison, in 1987).

Trebitsc-Lincoln, under the name Chao Kung (照空, which would now be spelled Zhao Kong) would reside under the Collaborationaist Nanjing Government‘s protection until his own death, in 1943. The Collaborationists were lead by Wang Jingwei, the most influential leftist in the KMT, former Chairman of the KMT, and former Prime Minister of the Republic of China, who tried (and failed) to keep Soviet advisers in China after the KMT’s first purge of the Chinese Communists in the 1920s.