The CCP’s Hong Kong vote-fodder and all-purpose running dogs sense that – even safely protected from elections – they are on the wrong side of public opinion…
The pro-Beijing DAB party has urged the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to mend fences with the people, saying government policies in the past few years showed that the officials were out of touch.
Could this be the same DAB that has spent the last two decades blindly supporting Beijing’s appointed incompetent bureaucrat-tycoon-crony administrations? Yes it could! But hypocrisy aside, they make an interesting point.
The Hong Kong government is now a mere puppet. The HK Police are a CCP-run political-oppression force running riot (latest escapade looking like vengeance for face-loss after Next Digital shares bounced following Jimmy Lai’s arrest). Judicial independence looks doomed. Schools are enforcing censorship and propaganda directives.
You would have thought someone in the murky but very involved and in-your-face power structure would at least want to create some sort of hearts-and-minds diversions. Something to sway fence-sitting ‘Silent Majority’ types who are uncertain whether or not it’s OK for the cops to knock pregnant women and 12-year-old girls around. High-profile initiatives that look at least superficially like there is a government interested in taking constructive positive action for the populace. There’s plenty of money.
A boost in health-care spending to reduce waiting times for treatment, for example. Reallocation of land slated for auction to affordable housing. If you want to be really basic, cash handouts for poorer families. Or if you want to tackle something tougher, phase out on-street parking for cars, or shake up the education system (on which subject, if you get angry about your tax dollars being wasted, best not read this on Chinese-language for non-native-speaking kids).
Yet playing nice (or at least playing at good governance) is the last thing on the CCP officials’ minds. Their only mission is to crush opposition, and establish the government’s legitimacy and respect through brute force and fear. Almost as if they want the job of taming the city to be as hard as possible.
Some China links you might have missed…
China Media Project on Beijing’s celebration of victory over the coronavirus (and a few ‘eyerolls of irritation’). How long before Hong Kong has to put up with this sort of stuff…
Let us unite even more closely around Comrade Xi Jinping as the core of the CCP Central Committee, strengthening the “four consciousnesses”, strengthening the “four self-confidences,” and achieving the “two safeguards,” bearing forward the great spirit of the anti-epidemic fight.
Also Beijing’s state media are setting up shop in Brussels to ‘tell China’s story’. What does that mean?
War on the Rocks looks at China’s strategy in the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands – creeping ‘law-enforcement’ presence.
And remember that snotty letter from the Qianlong Emperor to Lord McCartney in 1793? ‘We don’t need no stinking barbarian manufactured goods’. Here’s a revisionist look at it. Apparently, foreign emissaries were not that unusual in the court around that time, and His Celestial Eminence was pretty laid back about kowtows – but for some reason he had a hunch that the Brits might be bad news.