The US has closed China’s Houston consulate – is it true there’s a wanted person holed up in there? A noticeable increase in talk of China’s looming war with Taiwan. Beijing threatening to retaliate against everyone for everything – you give passports to the emperor’s subjects, we ban your soccer from TV.
A relatively parochial question: what happens when the Hong Kong government wants to maximise land valuations/revenue, while also ensuring property developers continue to make bloated profit margins? Answer: liveable and affordable housing becomes the lowest priority, and policymakers actively create a spiral of ever-pricier-but-tiner apartments. Full details here. As Marie Antoinette said, ‘Let them do their cooking in the toilet’.
Prize-winning SCMP film about the Protect-the-Kids elders at protests.