From Volume 7, Issue 36 of EIR Online, Published Sept. 2, 2008
Asia News Digest

Pakistan Without Musharraf Is Unravelling

Aug. 31 (EIRNS)—The Pakistan government announced today that it will halt the major military offensive in the Northwest Tribal Areas, on the Afghanistan border, in deference to Ramadan, which begins Sept. 1. This follows by two days, the announcement that all the leaders of Baluchistan were being removed from an Exit Control List, allowing them free travel, and passports were being re-issuing to those who had them revoked. Also, 35 of 54 checkpoints of the Frontier Corps were being removed. This was described as coming from Pakistan People's Party leader Asif Ali Zardari, as part of a "reconciliation" process.

The London Daily Telegraph gloated that Peshawar, the capital of the region, "could fall to Taliban as fear and attacks grow."

Together, these moves contribute to the potential for the break-up of Pakistan, and further chaos in Afghanistan, as intended by the British, and as Lyndon LaRouche warned would result from the U.S. capitulation to the British/Saudi operation to oust Musharraf.

Bridge Plan Illustrates Dramatic Shift in China-Taiwan Relationship

Aug. 25 (EIRNS)—Taiwan is considering building a bridge linking an outlying island Kinmen to Xiamen city on mainland China, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported on Aug. 24, in a sign of improving cross-Strait ties. Kinmen is only 1.4 miles from the mainland.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, who was on Kinmen Island to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1958 artillery battle between Taiwan and the mainland, when the island was known as Quemoy, said that the government will complete a feasibility study on the bridge by the end of the year. He also said the island planned to offer landing visas or multiple visas to mainlanders visiting Kinmen, to boost tourism.

President Ma has been unveiling many policies to boost ties with the mainland, such as allowing more tourists to visit Taiwan and increasing direct flights, a significant blow to the British "ring around China" destabilizations now being activated.

Al Gore Wins Big—in Malaysian Contest

Aug. 26 (EIRNS)—The bosom buddy of Al Gore and Paul Wolfowitz in Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, won big in the Malaysian by-election to fill the seat recently vacated by his wife. Anwar's stated agenda is to overturn the seated government on the issues of corruption and the economy. His one word slogan, "Reformasi!" (reform), has recently been joined by the Barack Obama equivalent, "Change!" As they both serve the George Soros fascist agenda, there is little doubt what kind of change they are talking about.

Anwar, by himself, is not much of a threat, given his personal and sexual liabilities, which do not go over well in Islamic Malaysia, but also his open embrace of foreign controllers widely hated in Malaysia. However, Anwar's friends and financial support in the British-linked political circles wield great power—besides Fat Al and neocon Wolfowitz, there's Madeline Albright, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the entire Soros network.

Malaysia, like other developing countries, is nervous. Inflation in food and fuel has hit hard, and export markets are faltering. As elsewhere, the British are taking advantage of the situation to peddle their controlled demagogue.

Gunmen Attack APCs Bound for Afghanistan, in Karachi

Aug. 25 (EIRNS)—Militants in the Pakistani port city of Karachi set fire to two armored personnel carriers bound for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, police said today.

Adnkronos International (AKI) recently reported that Islamist militants had threatened to start attacking supplies bound for foreign forces in Afghanistan after the largest-ever shipment of NATO arms and military supplies arrived in the port.

The shipment of NATO arms and military supplies arrived in Karachi in early August and was to be moved through Pakistan to Afghanistan amid growing concern about the threat from militants in the border region.

Five hundred and thirty containers carrying missiles, armored personnel carriers, aircraft engines, and several other items were ready for shipment.

On Aug. 25, about two dozen gunmen reportedly attacked supplies on a truck that had been parked near a main road since Aug. 18, because of a strike by truck drivers over rising fuel prices.

Officials previously told AKI's Pakistani correspondent, Syed Saleem Shahzad, they were concerned about the fate of the supplies, particularly after the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf and continuing conflict in the border region. "The Taliban-led insurgency has now spread all over the N.W.F.P. (North West Frontier Province) and one wonders who is to arrange the safe transit," an official at the Karachi Port Trust told AKI on condition of anonymity. "Pakistan needs to send [containers] to Kabul and Kandahar through two routes—one through the Torkham border takes 36 hours from Karachi and the second route to the Chaman border takes around 18 hours from Karachi. Both routes are insecure as the Taliban has recently looted and destroyed many container convoys."

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