We start the week with Ted Hui, now in the UK, on people’s minds. This is partly because of his record as a lawmaker and activist – described in this tribute, and this one. (While we’re at it, a Vice bio of Agnes Chow.) It is also partly because CCP/Police retaliation against him and his family has struck a raw nerve.
The NatSec Regime is succeeding in stimulating ever more chatter about leaving Hong Kong. A few months back, the talk was about where and when to go, but the conversations are getting more detailed about preparations and precautions.
Should we sell our apartment sooner, and rent a place, rather than wait until we’re definitely leaving? Do we make a pre-emptive move now or risk having to pull the kids from school at a bad time a year or two ahead? How exactly do middle-class households move their savings out of the CCP’s grasp? Seriously – what is the alternative to HSBC, which has frozen (and partially unfrozen) Ted Hui’s family’s accounts? Would the local branch of Citibank say no to the NatSec Gestapo? If jailing activists on trumped-up charges doesn’t stir you, how does losing all your money sound?
In Foreign Affairs, former CCP insider and academic Cai Xia – who called Xi Jinping a ‘mafia boss’ – writes on the failure of the party. Interesting account of her growing disillusionment in the post-Cultural Revolution era, for example with the dogmatic distortions used to align Marxist ideology with Jiang Zemin’s capitalist-friendly ‘Three Represents’.
Once a loyal member of the CCP, I was secretly harboring doubts about the sincerity of its beliefs and its concern for the Chinese people.
I felt for the first time that the system I had long considered sacred was in fact unbearably absurd.
I saw that the highly centralized, oppressive version of Marxism promoted by the CCP owed more to Stalin than to Marx himself. I increasingly recognized it as an ideology formed to serve a self-interested dictatorship.
And, as with Ted Hui’s family, the CCP thinks nothing of just grabbing her savings…
Soon, I was expelled from the party. The school stripped me of my retirement benefits. My bank account was frozen.