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Editor's Statement

This edition opens with a cultural comparison of drug use among students in the US and Republic of Korea. The second piece returns to the issue of Tibet. The main question of this article deals with the issue of whether Tibet was an independent entity or part of China during the period of the Republic of China (1911-49). The article is quite extensive but more or less sets the matter on the path which it now leads to. Again to remind the readers the volume from which this article was extracted was written and published by the current regime in China, Others may have a different view.

The third piece deals with the recent unrest in China’s Xinjiang province which resulted in the death of almost 200 people. The matters related to this case remain unsolved and continuing on a small scale. This article was drafted and written in the early fall of 2009. Many matters are still brewing in Xinjiang but peace has generally blew restored.

The remaining articles are relatively brief ones such as examining the information security systems and their development in modern society. The next article examines how China’s private Enterprise functions in the absence of clear laws and definite opportunities described in laws. The article focuses on one city (Wenzhou) in Zhejiang province. The article emphasizes how the Chinese customs of Guanxi helps the development of private enterprise in the absence of laws. The last article deals with reforms and evolution of the PLA since 1949.

We continue to look for new authors who would like to publish their findings in an international journal. We have developed a close working relationship with universities in Poland based on their relationship to the EU and Poland as a center of the revolution that peacefully overturned the Soviet empire resulting in freedom for all of Central and Eastern Europe. Next to China, Poland’s post Communist evolution has been most successful.

Bernard T. Pitsvada, Editor