Among this year’s July 1 festivities: Police stopping and searching cross-harbour buses, swamping Causeway Bay, detaining Grandma Wong, kicking kids doing soccer practice and domestic helpers having picnics out of Victoria Park, chasing the usual petrified 10-year-old, and (surprising it doesn’t happen more often) someone apparently going nuts. At least we in Hong Kong didn’t have to sit through Xi’s hour-long speech.
A July 1 message from former Governor Chris Patten. In classic Patten annoy-all-the-right-people style, he begins with some pointed comments about social inequity in China.
Alternative CCP 100th anniversary commemorative stamps for Hong Kong.
Amnesty International declares a human-rights emergency in Hong Kong.
Make of it what you will: David Webb compiles Immigration Dept data to show daily arrivals and departures in Hong Kong since quarantine measures were imposed in Feb-Mar 2020. In the last 12 months there has been a net outflow of 116,000. Possible reasons: expats (including domestic workers) rotating out but not being replaced; other expats leaving before their contracts end because of Covid; and of course this. What we can’t tell is how the numbers break down. But if 100 families of three are flying out on one-way tickets every night for a year, that would add up to 110,000.
Lots of CCP anniversary material around – here’s a selection…
Foreign Policy wonders who the celebrations are really about – the CCP or its chairman?
The ever-discursive Geremie Barme looks back at 100 years of the CCP – with lots of fascinating personal recollections.
From Kevin Carrico, 10 myths about the CCP, including a reminder that it was the Communists who kept the Chinese people in poverty for decades.
A Mekong Review three-part series on the CCP’s centenary by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, using book reviews as an angle – starts here (with links to other two).
Minxin Pei sees China’s future as more North Korean than Singaporean.If you want more ‘positive energy’ in the anniversary celebrations, Christine Loh in HKFP tries to do a brief history of the CCP without upsetting the comrades on the one hand, but not totally shredding her own intellectual integrity on the other. Not much of the nasty distressing stuff!