Earlier this month, an Australian lecturer in Chinese studies visiting Hong Kong sensed that someone was following him – clumsily. The mystery of the amateurish tail is now solved, as local Chinese Communist Party newspaper Wen Wei Po outs him as an evil foreign associate of bad elements who may be linked to dastardly pro-independence hostile forces.
The good news is that Beijing’s security agents didn’t kidnap him. Also, the Hong Kong immigration authorities let him in – though it will be interesting to see how warm a welcome he gets next time he turns up here. (Of course, if officials do turn you away at the airport, there is no way the CCP thugs can snatch you off our streets. The good news keeps on coming!)
If and when the first overseas academics start to be ejected from Hong Kong – and it’s probably just a matter of time – the government will come out with statements officially denying that anything has happened. Here’s a look at the official bare-faced lies about the disqualification of Eddie Chu from that village election. (Some might say it is a cliché to mention Orwell in this context. If we didn’t have Eric Blair, we would have to find a different descriptor. The problem is that, in Hong Kong, in 2018, we need one.)
A Taiwan perspective on Eddie Chu here. It should be dawning on Hong Kong’s pan-dems that Beijing’s aim is to bar from the ballot or official forums anyone who a) is popular/effective/smart, especially popular and b) does not kowtow to the Communist regime. Pan-dems who are not barred might want to ask why Beijing is happy to let them participate in the charade (or, put another way, does not see them as competing for influence or as potential rivals for power).