1) Hong Kong’s civil servants are told that they work for China too, to which they reply ‘news to us’. Their top official also broadly reminds them that they are servants of the state not the public. Loyalty tests by year-end?
2) Not that she knows any more than the rest of us, but Regina Ip says there will be no juries for national-security court cases, despite saying otherwise when Security Secretary in 2003. It would be pretty amazing if the Chinese Communist Party allowed suspected subversives to be tried by a random selection of fellow citizens. Will the evidence, or even the trials themselves, be public?
3) Students and workers plan a ‘referendum’ on a strike over the national-security law. Probably nothing much will happen, and the government could easily ignore it. But instead we get a blast of extreme hyper-sensitive official phobia about any mention of the word ‘referendum’, complete with whining about innocent kiddies. This isn’t the first time. Worth remembering, if only for civil-disobedience mischief-making: announce a ‘referendum’, and watch the government utterly wet itself.
4) The HSBC kowtow continues with the bank reportedly pleading Beijing’s case on Huawei in the UK. (Ever-charming on the Huawei issue, China’s diplomats in the UK also threaten to blackmail the country using Beijing’s grip on yet-to-be-built energy and transport infrastructure. The prospect of not having CCP-run power stations and rail in return for not having CCP telecoms sounds like a win-win.)
Anything I missed?