China manages to turn its Hong Kong mess into a soft-power travesty in the US, as the NBA and South Park become part of the drama’s global angle. Hillary Clinton weighs in on Beijing’s exquisitely dim-witted freak-out against US basketball managers who ‘hurt the feelings’ of the Almighty Panda…
(Americans who dislike seeing their purer form of English corrupted by newer Britishisms will note her use of the phrase ‘full stop’, which they – like Shakespeare – would usually call a ‘period’. It seems that as a turn of phrase, if not as a specific reference to punctuation, this is now A Thing, at least among Democrats. Liberal elites who read New Yorker, watch the UK version of The Office? Just guessing.)
The rest of this week will mostly be links, owing to major and tragic failure of my normally dependable work-avoidance system.
Starting with this – an academic (and avid collector of spent riot-control munitions) compares Xi Jinping’s screw-up in Hong Kong with his Xinjiang one. A brief discussion on it here.