Police have arrested Jimmy Lai and veteran pro-dem activists Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho and most-harmless-man-on-the-planet Yeung Sum. This looks inexplicably rash. How does the regime benefit if it brings flimsy charges against such high-profile, mainly moderate, figures? It just provokes mainstream public opinion and degrades the city’s justice system.
Presumably, this is connected with the appointment of Xia Baolong and Luo Huining to Beijing’s Hong Kong Affairs bureaucracy. The knuckle-draggers know no other way.
I declare the weekend open with an array of more-or-less worthwhile diversions (with a rather heavy viral load)…
Apple Daily‘s hour-long documentary on the Hong Kong protests, Battle Against Tyranny.
Another must-read Geremie Barme translation in Chinafile: academic Xu Zhiyong daringly tells Xi Jinping to go.
HK Free Press on what WuFlu tells us about socialism with Chinese characteristics.
China Media Monitor reports a swiftly/prematurely published book in five languages about how the CCP and nation valiantly defeated the disease.
Dan Blumenthal in Real Clear World on the Xi Jinping flu…
It is a high-tech authoritarian state experimenting with complete social control. To succeed it requires lies, intimidation and obfuscation. These very ingredients have exacerbated a public-health crisis and laid bare a government that fears the truth.
Atlantic offers more on how the CCP’s obsessive surveillance and censorship opened the door to the virus outbreak and provides a cheery assessment of the disease: ‘the likely outcome is that it will ultimately not be containable’.
HK Free Press on how China is tightening censorship around the world.
Harvard Biz Review asks how much money does the world owe China?
A little history of how, after doing without the revolting stuff for centuries, the Chinese managed to get into drinking cow milk.
A nostalgic look back at studying in China in the 1970s.
And the Slightly Distasteful Cartoon of the Week Award goes to: CCP pyramid ass kissing for a harmonious society…