Donald Trump prepares a love-in with nuke-rattling North Korean dictator and hostage-releaser Kim Jong-un, pulls out of the years-in-negotiating multilateral Iran nuclear deal and potentially freezing Western economic relations with that country, then offers a lifeline for China’s ZTE – a state-linked company punished by the US for busting North Korea/Iran sanctions, whose technology in any case poses a national-security risk to Western countries – citing oh-so tragic job-losses in China.
Brains seize up in an attempt to explain. (Best advice: don’t bother trying.) If we find this warped inside-out quasi-diplomacy perturbing, think how freaked out coldly rational autocrat Xi Jinping – to take but one example – must be.
By way of badly needed distraction, a couple of worthwhile HKFP stories from the weekend, in case you missed them: Cardinal Joseph Chan-spelt-Zen on the Catholic Church’s China delusion, and the ongoing (and inevitable) transformation of the Hong Kong Legislative Council into a Mainland-style rubber-stamp. And to really get away from it all (plus a chance to brush up on your French), the last living black survivor of the Nazi labour camps.