Pamela Ho, aged 12, makes an official complaint about the valiant HK Police dragging her to the ground when she was out shopping for art supplies in Mongkok. My prediction: next week, 30 cops will raid her home and arrest her for incitement to seditiously possess a furry Hello Kitty dangling from her school bag.
She will then be denied bail and put in jail until a trial in April. At least, that’s what has happened to Jimmy Lai, following his arrest on suspicion of breaching the lease terms of an office. (HK Watch statement on the case.) Tam Tak-chi will be in jail until May awaiting trial in a NatSec Court for things like ‘uttering seditious words’. Ted Hui is well out of it.
Some links for the weekend…
Much of Beijing officials’ argument justifying the NatSec Law, arrests, purges and attacking 12-year-old girls draw on Nazi legal theorist Carl Schmitt. ‘Class struggle’ just doesn’t cut it these days. Atlantic explains.
The SCMP is now pushing the CCP fake news that Covid originated outside China. Could this be the same SCMP that reported last March that the virus was first documented in the Mainland as early as November 2019? Yes it could!
In the paper itself, legal academics propose a de facto amnesty for people arrested during protests. They are right in saying that the arrests and trials are breeding resentment when the community needs reconciliation (you could argue the politicized nature of the arrests and prosecutions – often with little evidence – is bringing government agencies into disrepute). But they miss the fact that the CCP is behind this, and control through fear is all that matters.
Most right-thinking people instinctively know that pro-Beijing lawmaker Holden Chow is a waste of space. But he has asked a legislator’s question about a noble and selfless bunch we’ve all seen on TV and wondered about. All you want to know about the Dead Removal Teams.
Leftists are dismayed at Hongkongers’ insistence on fighting the CCP without prioritizing the need for workers’ solidarity against evil capitalism. Meanwhile, some anti-CCP activists in Hong Kong – eg nativists – are getting caught up in far-right conspiracy theories (happens in Taiwan too). Lausan tries to figure it all out. If in doubt, blame colonialism.
While we’re blaming colonialism: fascinating thread on how defunct 19th Century Cantonese pronunciation lives on in Hong Kong’s romanized place names.
Bitter Winter on Xi Jinping’s new blockbuster On the Party’s Propaganda and Ideological Work, which includes such gems as…
…we must continue to accept the nourishment of Marxist philosophical wisdom, and more consciously adhere to and apply the dialectical materialist world outlook and methodology.
If that’s not enough, here’s China Media Project on a faux pas by state media. Someone at Xinhua mentioned ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era’ alongside ‘Xi Jinping Thought on a Strong Military’ as if they are of the same status. But the former is supposed to evolve over time into plain ‘Xi Jinping Thought’, which will be an umbrella for – guiding – all the sub-Xi Jinping Thoughts (on the Military, Diplomacy, Jelly Beans, etc), and ultimately on a par with ‘Mao Zedong Thought’. So, big slap on wrist for a news editor. Phew.
From Nikkei Asia, more and more countries are rejecting China’s claims in the South China Sea.
In a rare display of common sense, Beijing will not make it illegal to point out that ‘traditional Chinese medicine’ is unscientific voodoo-crap.
The Diplomat asks whether Taiwan has always been part of China. (Answer: occasionally, when it wasn’t Japanese or Dutch.)