In the nearest thing Hong Kong will get to a democratic vote in the foreseeable future, people lined up in the streets yesterday to buy up a million copies of the last edition of Apple Daily.
Chinese officials unleash a tirade of ultra-whiny hurt feelings over Western criticism of the Apple Daily closure. Taiwan says the move shows the world the CCP regime’s ‘totalitarianism and autocracy’.
Ten seconds into a BBC interview, Chris Patten sums it up in his first sentence.
Atlantic provides a good look back at the often-boisterous tabloid’s impact on Hong Kong, including ‘shaking up the cozy elite world of the developers, politicians and the media’. (If I recall correctly, competitors were so angry at the new Apple Daily’s low cover price that gangsters threw piles of the paper into the sea.)
From AFP: How to shut down a newspaper – a graphic timeline of the strangulation of Apple Daily.
The government’s Science and Technology Park moves to evict Apple Daily’s printing plant from the industrial zone. Why didn’t the CCP think of this earlier – or would it have been too quick?
A diligent pro-Beijing nonentity finds that the Librarian’s Choice display at Shek Tong Tsui public library had 13 (!) Jimmy Lai titles. Sixty armed NatSec Police surround the shelves while dozens of others raid the homes of Leisure and Cultural Services staff. They have now launched a manhunt for several quiet, single, bespectacled women with cats. (OK, so what was DAB lawmaker Horace doing in a library in the first place?)
When they’ve finished with that, they also have the Book Fair to swoop on.
After nearly a year in jail, Tong Ying-kit goes to trial on NatSec charges in a NatSec court. He is pleading not guilty to incite secession (carrying a flag) and terrorism (riding a motorbike). Stand News report on the trial.
And a little-reported case of an American lawyer who tried to break up a fight and ended up being accused of assaulting a police officer – now convicted.
A quick update from the airport’s London-flight check-in.
Some weekend reading for the armchair China-watchers…
Foreign Affairs tries to explain Xi Jinping’s hasty, hubristic, apparently reckless rush to make himself emperor for life and China the centre of the universe…
Xi believes he can mold China’s future as did the emperors of the country’s storied past. He mistakes this hubris for confidence—and no one dares tell him otherwise.
An almost-as-good-as-reading-the-article thread – with vids – on the NY Times’ piece about China’s elaborate online disinformation and propaganda campaign to counter Uighur genocide allegations.
On a related note, the Conversation on Beijing’s tireless attempts to rewrite history at home and abroad.
CMP on how China is trying to improve its ‘international discourse power’, especially reaching young media consumers.
If you’re intrigued by the formation of a Communist Party cell in the Chinese space station, here’s a Jamestown article on the whole setting-up of branches overseas, on other planets, etc. I’m thinking of setting up a CCP cell in my bathroom.
For fans of that ‘Last G7’ painting, What’s on Weibo looks at the strange world of Chinese ultra-patriotic online artwork. (Not just a Chinese phenomenon, of course. Fans of this sort of thing should check out Jon McNaughton and Ben Garrison.)