The old Hong Kong would have been horrified if the government prosecuted victims of a mob attack – to which the cops failed to respond – on passengers at an MTR station. But these days, the big shock is that RTHK is still clinging on, unrectified and able to put out no-nonsense news copy on the July 31 , 2019 incident…
Some mid-week links…
David Webb has a go at the Hong Kong government’s not-always-coherent anti-pandemic policies.
Jerome Cohen in the Diplomat on bail (notably Jimmy Lai’s) and personal freedoms in Hong Kong.
A chapter from a history of urban planning in Hong Kong in the 19th Century. Bureaucratic duplicity goes back a long way…
Using respect for the Chinese traditional culture as an excuse, the government neglected the management of public hygiene in Sheung Wan as the district gradually became a densely populated Chinese area.
And – more fictional, perhaps – the first of a 66-volume CCP-friendly ‘definitely not political’ history of Hong Kong is published. (At best, an elaborate and absurd kowtow by tycoon backers. At worst, another leaden soft-power failure, if the length is anything to go by.)
From Zolima Citymag – Hong Kong’s barking deer.
Kevin Carrico in Apple Daily starts a series on the theocratic origins of the modern Chinese state.
NPC Observer looks back at a weird year for the National People’s Congress – mainly imposing the NatSec Law on Hong Kong.
A quick summary by Michael Pettis of why the Chinese economy is apparently so strong.
Asia Times on the US sanctions against gangster-turned-Belt-and-Road-businessman ‘Broken Tooth’ Wan Kuok Koi.
And a ton of pandemic items. Reuters on Beijing’s renewed Covid narrative. A thread on China’s efforts to manage Covid research and publication. The Sydney Morning Herald on Operation Anywhere-but-a-Yunnan-bat-cave – China’s search for the origins of the virus. Or should that be Operation Anywhere-but-our-biological-weapons-lab? Bloomberg looks at China’s struggle to win the world’s confidence in its vaccines.