Hong Kong’s first NatSec trial, for ‘terrorism’ and ‘secession’, starts, with the defendant to find out whether he can have a jury. Let’s stick our necks out and predict ‘no’. The prosecution get a Lingnan U history professor as a better-red-than-expert witness to say that Tong Ying-kit – who allegedly drove a motorbike with a ‘Liberate HK’ flag into or among a group of cops – was ‘akin to an ancient warrior bearing a war flag, riding a horse to a battle’. The NatSec judges were not especially impressed with Prof Lau’s condescending evidence. More on the historian here.
In ASPI Strategist Keith Richburg goes over the CCP’s suppression of arts and culture in Hong Kong. It’s quite a little list – and they’re just getting started.
On the subject of lists, Hong Kong Watch has updated its record of imprisoned protesters. (How many of these people have you ever met in person? I count at least half a dozen – and I’m not a great socializer.)
What would Lingnan’s historians make of this? The weekend’s Big Read: from China Journal, basically a small-book-size history of Hong Kong from early colonial times, by Aris Teon. It proposes that the CCP takeover has abandoned the popular consensus and liberal values achieved (eventually) by the British. (The piece is 20,000 words, but seems angled towards a global audience and draws on familiar sources – so if you know your Opium Wars to MacLehose, you might want to skip to Chapter 5, or just go straight to the conclusion. Illustrated!)