Is HKU about to be the first university in town to have a CCP member in a top position? HKFP report on two appointments. Ying Chan looks into the background of one – Prof Zuo-jun ‘Max’ Shen. Max says his old university’s website named him a Party member without his knowledge, so maybe the fuss is making him Mad Max. Unless the English name is a typo and is in fact ‘Marx’. Whatever.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s descent into banana-republic status enters the grabbing-people-trying-to-enter-foreign-consulates stage, and the arrests-for-social-media-posts-that-might-split-the-country stage. Despite a rising number of arrests under NatSec and archaic sedition laws, none of these cases have yet reached the courts. It will be interesting to find out whether 19-year-olds (indeed 17-year-olds) on Facebook actually threaten the security of the world’s second-biggest military power.