So the HK Police have convinced ISPs to block a site that doxes their men. (Apple Daily story here.) Pretty sure they’ve done this before. It’s something they are hypersensitive about – presumably a reflection of concerns over morale in the ranks. Not strictly the same as a Great Firewall. The ‘GFW this year’ prediction stands.
Tim Hamlett in HKFP on the NatSec Gestapo’s brazen bullshit reasons for arresting candidates in the pan-dem camp’s primary elections. Expect a Basic Law ‘interpretation’ to declare a new meaning to the relevant part of the BL – and make the innocent guilty.
On the subject of bullshit, this week’s Quiz… Which of these two SCMP contributors is spouting more of it: lawmaker (sorry, “lawmaker”) Regina Ip attacking Hong Kong people’s divided loyalties/dual citizenships; or the Colliers International boss waxing orgasmic about the Lantau Tomorrow Mega-Sandpit Vision as a huge boost to property prices? A tough question (of course, we’re not talking cumulatively, or Reg would beat even a real-estate salesman hands down).
A parting gift from the Trump administration – assuming no last-minute unspeakables: the US State Dept ends the no-publicly-talking-to-Taiwan-officials (more or less) rule it has long imposed on itself out of outdated/naive/unrequited deference to Beijing. (Official statement here.) An avalanche of ‘likely to anger China’ headlines ensues, as does the inevitable Panda-tantrum. Sorry for not being distressed at the thought that it might tie Joe Biden’s hands (more here).