Deadly geeky teen threat thwarted

guard-joshThailand’s military junta would have barred Joshua Wong from entering the country anyway – the generals don’t want a Hong Kong activist speaking to students on the 40th anniversary of the Thammasat University massacre. But a special request from Beijing probably wouldn’t hurt. China similarly convinced Malaysia to turn him back last year. With wacko-President Duterte apparently eager to be buddies with China, Joshua would presumably be unwelcome in the Philippines too.

This is China flexing its might and power in 2016: stopping at nothing to counter a geeky teenager.

Joshua cut his teeth fighting to keep Communist brainwashing propaganda out of Hong Kong classrooms. But that struggle is not over. Hong Kong’s government wants to introduce a new history course in high schools. The city’s success, in this version of the past, will be due to China, particularly the Communist Party’s China, rather than to any inherent (let alone – shudder – foreign) abilities or influences. (More on Beijing’s rewriting of history here.)

It will be interesting to see how Beijing responds to Duterte’s overtures – the Xi Jinping regime must have some standards when it comes to buying mad/bad/dangerous dictators. Meanwhile, as many have predicted, Xi looks like breaking the unwritten rules to extend his grip on power in some way beyond the conventional 10 years. Far away, a US Vice-Presidential candidates’ debate just happened, Mike Pence versus Clinton’s Kaine, which surely few could bring themselves to watch.

So, perhaps, the Western world retreats and fades, and a new global order rises – the Xi-Putin-Duterte-Assad Era of Bliss and Charm.

to-whytycoonsHow much simpler and more benign everything seemed just four or five years ago, when our biggest worry was local tycoon-leeches. Time Out HK marks the demise of rival HK Magazine by reinstating (if that’s the right word) its big Bloodsucking Tycoons feature from February 2012. It would be nice – some of us might think – if they gave a gushing stream of royalties credit to the author, whose name they seem to have misplaced. But it’s good to see it up there. Writing it was easy, but valiant editorial staff suffered major carnage getting it past the publishers and into print.

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7 Responses to Deadly geeky teen threat thwarted

  1. Enid Murdoch says:

    Your back catalogue. Better than a back passage. People don’t think they should pay for print these days. Except when it’s in a physical book. Good idea those tree carcass thingies. They mean that authors will still be able to live in the future. I suggest once more you do a Big Lychee Annual but then you always ignore my brilliant ideas.

    Sad to see HK magazine go. They interviewed me several times. That’s linkage for you. Never bought a Time Out. Not even in London.

    Good PR coup by Hong Kong’s most awkward teenager. The BBC and the Guardian are all over it.

  2. Walter De Havilland says:

    Young Joshua is a clever lad. If he gets into Thailand he can stir the pot there and if rejected, he rides the victimhood publicity wave that has him on the front page of the Guardian already. Win-win for him.

  3. Reader says:

    @Walter
    Of course, victimhood as a policy can overreach.

    The CCP’s measured insertion of its talons into Hong Kong’s viscera has barely begun, I suggest, and perhaps the extraction of Joshua from friendly Thailand back to the motherland might be the next click of the ratchet, just to remind us who is in charge.

  4. Stephen says:

    I think young Joshua knew full well he was not getting into Thailand. But the CCP just couldn’t help itself and sent a letter thus fanning the flames and giving the BBC a better story. They needn’t have bothered Thailand wouldn’t have let him in anyway. Talking of the CCP what was silly old Tung up to yesterday ?

  5. PD says:

    It’s shocking, but not at all surprising.

    Both tactically and strategically, Joshua and his ilk are masters of the game. By keeping their actions peaceful, by avoiding violence or blatant provocation, by patiently putting forward their unbeatable case, they are winning over international opinion, the silent majority (the real one) in HK and the moral high ground.

    Their extreme youth, their obvious sincerity, the identity between their methods and their personalities, their absence of self-seeking are a model for all politicians here.

  6. Red Dragon says:

    Oh God, Georgie Porgie! It’s always Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, isn’t it?

    You could cut the tedium with a knife.

  7. LRE says:

    Meh. The Thai military junta also banned this deadly geeky teen threat.

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