So much for a slow week of hibernation.
A government-in-exile at last! (Strictly speaking, a democratic deliberative platform, but let’s not ruin a good angle.) A joke? A meaningless gesture? A brilliant piece of guerilla theatre? (Clue: the latter, at least.) The symbolism alone should send some Beijing officials absolutely ballistic. And there’s a nice long drawn-out consultation (to which you can provide feedback) to add to the pressure rising in CCP blood vessels. You don’t have to take it seriously – the Liaison Office will do that for you. Prepare for a barrage of mouth-frothing ‘so-called’s. This initiative could even prompt the NatSec Regime’s first official blocking of an overseas website.
Other bits and pieces…
Nathan Law on the Court of Final Appeal’s ruling on the face-mask ban. (Not hugely surprising if you’re paying attention to what’s going on.)
CNN on Hongkongers in exile.
An interesting Mekong Review interview with Joshua Wong.
Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten proposes pro-dem media boss Jimmy Lai as his man of the year.
In the interests of balance… A few years ago, Hong Kong’s Beijing-owned newspapers Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao set up dot dot news to push their propaganda on-line, and in English. It was kicked off Facebook at one stage for fake news. Worth a browse for the weirdness. Anyway, here’s CCP-worshipper Grenville Cross sparing no effort, or wordcount, to insist that Jimmy Lai is a US asset attempting to ‘destabilize Hong Kong’ or something. (Why would the US want to destabilize a city with so much American investment in it? Couldn’t it find a better way than to enlist a high-profile media owner?)
Jerome Cohen’s response to Cross’s latest nuttiness.
From Quartz, not really new, but worth re-emphasizing: the UK didn’t introduce democracy to Hong Kong because Beijing warned in no uncertain terms against it. (The Brits had already given independence to some 50 colonies – it was no skin off their nose.)
Minxin Pei on China and climate-change – or how Xi’s CCP will try to leverage climate-change for its own purposes.
China’s ‘dual circulation’ strategy explained by the Berggruen Institute (basically more emphasis on mercantilism).