The line between despotic and demented narrows as the HK Police give the Good Neighbour North District Church the frozen-bank-account treatment. Does anyone pause to ask how this extreme overreach/overkill might look? Or is the entire CCP-Security Bureau-Police chain of command made up of zombies?
Some mid-week links…
With more and more people being thrown in jail: HKFP on how those on the outside keep in touch with imprisoned protesters.
The Diplomat interviews a Hong Kong civil servant about how the bureaucrats are bearing up under the NatSec Regime. (Their remuneration is – rough guess – around double what equivalent jobs in the private sector would pay, and treble or quadruple what the private sector would pay for the same quality of work. Imagine what ‘morale’ there would be like if their pay and conditions were in line with the test of the community.)
In Covid-19 news: China Digital Times on the Mainland pharmaceutical sector’s reputational and other issues; and Beijing’s latest attempt to blame someone else for the virus – Australian beef; and AP reports on how corruption in the disease-control system made the Wuhan outbreak far worse than it could have been…
China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention gave test kit designs and distribution rights exclusively to three then-obscure Shanghai companies with which officials had personal ties…
In the meantime, the CDC and its parent agency, the National Health Commission, tried to prevent other scientists and organizations from testing for the virus with their own homemade kits … These measures contributed to not a single new case being reported by Chinese authorities between Jan. 5 and 17, even though retrospective infection data shows that hundreds were infected. The apparent lull in cases meant officials were slow to take early actions such as warning the public, barring large gatherings and curbing travel.
CSIS article and video on why China’s new commercial aircraft – supposedly a rival to the A320/B737 – is a heap of junk.
And credit where it’s due, since we’re a bit heavy on the China-bashing today: China Daily does a cartoon that’s possibly around 30% funny. Strange times.
At the other end of the comic spectrum, here’s Justin Wong’s ‘That City’.
Also on an aviation theme, Tom Wolfe explains why elite test pilots and wannabes affect a West Virginian accent.