China is the United States' biggest creditor and our second largest (behind Canada) trade partner. Official public meetings in Beijing and Washington between leaders of the two countries tend to give the appearance that, except for some minor disagreements, U.S.-PRC relations are all sweetness and light.
Most Americans — blessed with an inimitable Constitution written by men of great character and wisdom who understood the profound importance of human liberty — take freedom of expression for granted. So it sometimes surprises them to learn that their notion of free speech and free press is exceptional in the world.
A teen terrorist who helped carry out a deadly bombing in Pakistan on April 3 told authorities that as many as 400 suicide bombers are currently being trained and prepared for a campaign of carnage in the country. Fourteen-year-old failed suicide bomber Umar Fidayee spoke from a Pakistan hospital where he was being treated after detonating a hand grenade during an attack in which two other suicide bombers killed themselves along with 50 other people at a 13th-century Sufi shrine.
In what some observers have called the worst crackdown on Christian worship in China in years, Beijing police arrested nearly 200 Protestant Christians from a prominent unregistered church who had gathered on April 10 in a public square to worship following the congregation’s eviction several days earlier from the restaurant where it had been meeting.