What makes you think that, for all the military might and obnoxious bluster, the CCP lacks confidence? One day they arrest a huddle of teenagers for trying to split the whole nation with a social-media post. The next day they bar the most popular candidates from running in an election that’s already rigged – and which they might postpone anyway because they are still afraid of losing.
(Disqualifications plus postponement would look like overkill. Hard to distinguish nervousness-verging-on-blind-panic from plain poor coordination.)
The reasons for barring a dozen pan-dems from the ballot are what you would expect. Thought-crimes – at least suspected ones – basically.
The Civic Party’s Alan Leong tweets:
This is a blatant and naked contravention of Art 25 of the #ICCPR that guarantees every citizen’s right to elect and be elected. It is an affront to open, equal and fair elections and an insult to the legislature in a separation of powers constitutional set up in #HK’s system!
Obviously true, but it shows the enduring naivety of the older, mainstream pro-dems – total incomprehension upon finding that the Leninist machine crushes opposition without regard to rules or law. They totally reject separation of powers, Alan. The most moderate of this lot, the Democratic Party, apparently escape disqualification.
Which leads to the question of what pan-dems will do if an election happens – nominate substitutes, or organize a boycott? Can they get it into their heads that they will not be allowed to win under CCP rules?
Some links for the coming days…
NPC Observer on some date changes, possibly to rubber-stamp an edict postponing the LegCo elections.
Antony Dapiran on Hong Kong’s new era, when peaceful protest is ‘terrorism’.
In case you missed it, among the Hong Kong government’s smaller idiocies this week – a measure to devote more space to private cars. Maybe not a huge priority, but some sane quality-of-life policies wouldn’t hurt Hong Kong at this time.
Introduction to a book on the ‘Insidious Power’ of China’s intimidation and influence operations aimed at academics and others in eight countries.
Washington Times profile of Miles Yu, Mike Pompeo’s advisor on China. Orchestrated attacks on China-born Yu as a race traitor appear in Global Times and other outlets, including social media (viral video of Yu’s name being erased from his school’s honour roll) – and, interestingly, the SCMP’s own Alex Lo.
Which brings us to just-died Lee Teng-hui, former leader of Taiwan, described by charming Chinese media as a “deformed test-tube baby cultivated in the political laboratory of hostile anti-China forces”.
Maybe you wouldn’t have thought any country could install a leader worse than Donald Trump – But China did it when Xi Jinping took office…
Robert Kaplan, senior advisor at Eurasia Group, said the U.S. was comfortable with China’s system which was “enlightened, benign, collegial, technocratic authoritarianism,” but it has since evolved into a “one-man personality … repressive kind of regime.”
“The result of that is that China has no more friends in Washington…
Wouldn’t usually pay attention to a sport that might have been entertaining when played by normal-size people, but seems pointless when the athletes are all 7-foot-plus mutants: the NBA’s problems with balancing both US and Chinese sensitivities,
And a comparison between nationalism among 1930s Japanese diaspora in the US and among Chinese migrants today.