HK resistance unveils new aerial weapon

This week’s Why Didn’t I Think of That Award goes to the geniuses who marked Yuen Long 7-21 yesterday by tying banners onto helium-filled balloons and let them drift up to the utterly inaccessible ceiling of the shopping mall – while cops ran helplessly around below with their purple anti-thought-crimes banner…

A good thread on whether Beijing’s foreign-policy aggressiveness is offensive or defensive – or a self-fulfilling prophecy: the world is out to get us, therefore we must be obnoxious. [Update: account mysteriously vanished.]

Much of the world is now actively turning against Xi Jinping’s China, with Hong Kong and Covid the tipping point. (The two are linked if, as many suspect, the emperor-for-life saw global distraction over Covid as an ‘opportunity’ to impose formal direct rule over Hong Kong.) 

Germany and the Euro-weenies are still besotted with China as a lovey-dovey trade ‘partner’ deserving of kowtows. Canadian leaders seem to enjoy being kicked in the teeth by their CCP counterparts. And even some anti-Trump liberals are nervous about a Biden administration doing a ‘reset’ back to Obama-era indulgence of Beijing. But apart from some riffraff client regimes (Cambodia, Pakistan), China faces a distrustful and even hostile world.

The US leads the international reaction with ‘normalization’ of Hong Kong trade relations and signing of Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Mostly symbolic so far (the stock market shrugged), but it could cover things like air services and double-taxation agreements. Most of all, the possibility of sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials (and their families, and their banks) is, let’s say, mouth-watering.

US Attorney-General William Barr slams Disney, Google and other US corporate giants for kowtowing to the CCP. And the US issues a long-overdue statement on the South China Sea, essentially backing the internationally recognized convention whereby countries have 200-mile EEZs and no nation can claim sovereignty over the high seas beyond. US officials in the region also accuse China of undermining its neighbours’ sovereignty. You know you’ve done something right when Chinese diplomats say you’re doing disgusting things and showing a selfish, hypocritical, contemptible, and ugly face

A few months ago, one pro-Beijing business type told me post-Brexit Britain would have no choice but to grovel to China for economic ‘cooperation’. He is now puzzled about what is happening. The UK seems to have finally decided to extricate itself from Huawei-infested 5G networks (and anyway Taiwan’s TSCM will no longer supply semiconductors to the Chinese firm). London is opening immigration routes for Hongkongers. And the UK government is talking of sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials in response to the Xinjiang genocide (or whatever) and the NatSec Law. 

As I say, sanctions on local establishment figures would be a delight to behold. By all accounts, some of them are nervous (they all have family and property in Western countries). Couldn’t happen to a nice bunch of people.

Ultra-detailed and exhaustive list of recommendations on how the West can punish the CCP from research group China SignPost – this is hardcore Panda-persecution porn.

On a more relaxing note – ever tried painting in watercolours? It’s seriously tricky. Here’s a ‘quick sketch’ the SCMP’s graphics guy dashed off at Pui O beach recently (including 30-second time-lapse version).

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13 Responses to HK resistance unveils new aerial weapon

  1. Toph says:

    Trump nixed sanctions on individual officials over Hong Kong. Suppose he’s still holding out for those soybeans.

  2. Penny says:

    First link – to twitter tweet – now gone. Self-censorship by the unknown author?

  3. Chinese Netizen says:

    Orangeman couldn’t care less about soybeans…more like hoping Ivanka’s trademarks and Kushner’s NYC visa/property sales will still be in effect in China.

  4. Hong Kong Hibernian says:

    Good idea to use balloons for the protest…not unlike Chinese funeral lanterns?

    BTW: Will we be required to remove religious symbols (and/or texts) in order to receive any future benefits under a government stimulus package? It’s happening on the glorious mainland:

    (What concessions did large recipients [Cathay Pacific grabbed HK$680 million] make in order to receive funds?)

  5. Mark Bradley says:

    Is that confirmed Toph? Do you have a source?

  6. anon says:

    The ‘offensive/defensive’ twitter thread and the account that poasted it have already disappeared. This seems to be a fairly common occurrence on Twitter 2020.

  7. Hamantha says:


    “Suppose [Trump’s] still holding out for those soybeans.”

    With the insane flooding all throughout China, much of which has absolutely devastated China’s prime cropland, China might actually come through on their promised US agricultural purchases.

    /Apparently there is also a severe drought in the north of the country, which has affected crop yields to a significant, albeit lesser, extent

  8. Hermes says:

    Will helium balloons now be banned in HK?

  9. Stanley Lieber says:

    It is churlish to deny Mr. Trump due credit for being the first Western leader in 30 years to stand up to China.

  10. Chinese Netizen says:

    @Hermes: Not even funny. Because you KNOW it’ll happen with the extra thin skinned, sensitive, feeling unappreciated popo…

  11. Confernece says:


    My understanding may be incorrect, but I believe that “metallic” helium balloons (tinfoil I believe) are already banned from the MTR for safety reasons. If this became prevalent it would not be a stretch to ban them from malls and other large indoor gathering areas for “public security” reasons. The government could make the rule applicable directly to the people visiting the malls, or make it applicable to the mall owners and management companies to implement and police. My bet would be the former: more opportunity for police to crack heads of the wrongdoers and instill fear and terror in everyone else. A 3rd way would be to simply ban sale of helium balloons in Hong Kong as you suggest, but this is too low key and meek and implies and creates the perception that the government cannot control the people so it must outlaw their protest tool (like banning facemasks in public); it does not have the same brute force punch-in-the gut impact so loved by our new masters.

  12. Probably says:

    @Hermes, in the sma eway why are mettalic balloons banned on the MTR? Do they not want a ‘Stairway to Heaven’?

  13. Stu says:

    That’s not watercolour, that’s a digital ‘painting’ done on an iPad or something.

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