The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that, in its efforts to push Belt and Road projects, the Chinese government will assist a corrupt regime by agreeing to tap and monitor Hong Kong-based journalists investigating the crooked officials concerned.
Hong Kong lawmakers demand an explanation from the local authorities, who inevitably reveal themselves to be clueless, in both the ‘ignorant of the facts’ and ‘out to lunch’ meanings of the word. ‘We will not comment on individual press reports’, says the government that issues whiny, long-winded responses to individual press reports every week. Chief Executive Carrie Lam ends another of her tireless 10-hour days by writing in her diary: ‘Sorely vexed as General Secretary Xi shoves another bowl of cold vomit into our laps, yet again!’
Not to be outdone by the WSJ, Reuters deliver an investigative piece of their own: Huawei’s front companies in Iran and Syria – or Don’t forget your toothbrush, Ms Meng.
Some mid-week links for the underworked leisure class…
A transcript of Occupy co-founder Chan Kin-man’s (by all accounts moving) final university lecture – a blend of nostalgia, philosophizing and modern history. He faces a prison sentence because the Chinese Communist Party is petrified of harmless idealistic sociology professors.
A Bloomberg radio interview with not-so-idealistic Anne Stevenson-Yang, touching on China’s history of opening and closing cycles – opening when it needs money, closing when the cost of opening gets too high – and a forecast that the big event of 2019 will be the crash of the Chinese economy. A comparison of Xi Jinping and Stalin as counter-reformists determined to create a more state-controlled economy. And to make the ‘China closing trend’ selection fully multi-media, a YouTube video in which a couple of guys biking through (free) Taiwan discuss foreigners leaving the Mainland.