This week’s Not Creepy At All Award goes to Security Secretary PK Tang, who says he knows what you are thinking in your heart and (if it’s a forbidden thought) will arrest you for it.
The weird – well, one weird – part is that he is afraid you might celebrate the Double Tenth, the anniversary on October 10 of the beginning of the 1911 revolution that overthrew the Manchu Qing dynasty. That movement was led by Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese national hero for whom a museum, park, heritage trail and vaccination-cum-sports centre are named here in Hong Kong. It sounds like patriots should be encouraged to mark it, but it is (or was) the national day of the Kuomintang-run Republic of China, which was defeated by the CCP in 1949. So long as a remnant of the rival RoC state remains in Taiwan to declare it the national holiday, the CCP will consider the event glorious but refuse to acknowledge the actual date.
Now it gets really confusing. PK Tang sees celebration of the RoC national day as tantamount to supporting Taiwan ‘secession’ or independence. But to true Taiwanese, the overthrow of the Qing dynasty is something that happened in a foreign country which later colonized their island, transplanting KMT symbols like Sun Yat-sen that remain as vestiges today. October 10, like the CKS memorial, is not theirs – it’s a Chinese anniversary. If you support Taiwan independence, ignore the Double Tenth. If Tang’s cops arrest anyone, it will probably be supporters of the KMT, who are the nearest thing Beijing has to pro-unification friends in Taiwan.
Another thing about Taiwan – if you run in a primary election there, you get on TV. In Hong Kong, they put you in jail without bail. And they adjourn your case so you stay there another two months at least.
RTHK’s English-language Twitter account, the station’s last bastion of hilariously sub-subversive headlines and snark, has ceased to update.
A mish-mash of weekend reading and viewing,,,
The ‘improved’ election system – and Beijing’s deep concern for Hong Kong people – mean that the city’s housing problems will soon end, right? But not before Sun Hung Kai release their new project in Sai Kung, including a couple of units that are 88 square feet, or about the same as two king-size beds. A couple of hundred of the other apartments are more generous – roughly the size of a parking space.
Toll-booths of the HK-Zhuhai-Macao bridge in HK, seen from space (a similarly empty place). How many Sun Hung Kai micro-flats could fit here?
Brian Hioe live-tweeted a 10-hour conference held by various tankies (Qiao Collective, Code Pink, People’s Forum) on why the US and capitalism are to blame for everything and – most of all – China is wonderful. Not sure why. But if deranged nonentities are your thing, there’s lots to read…
She’s actually claiming that traditional Chinese medicine has a 90% effective rate in treating COVID, claims this can combat the “colonization of medical knowledge” … She claims that the US “annexed the island of Formosa”…
CCP infiltration of British universities.
The Evergrande consensus forecast seems to be that Beijing will relax mortgage restrictions in order to encourage people to borrow money to buy overpriced apartments that they will leave empty. More on this, for those who like it: George Magnus on the tip of an iceberg; NPR interviews property buyers; and Anne Stevenson-Yang’s video comments from a couple of days ago in the form of quick-to-digest written words.
On out-of-area matters…
Over at Reddit there’s a Herman Cain Award for Trumpist hicks who publicly reject vaccines as the work of freedom-hating Satanic libtards – and then die of Covid. Officially, this is all in very bad taste. Unofficially…
…they have made their ICU beds. Now they can lie in them, and sadly, die in them.
British comedy actor Bernard Cribbins in amusing whodunit Dangerous Davies – The Last Detective, from 1981.
Rick Astley and a band called the Blossoms performing the Smiths’ tribute to Hong Kong’s Security Secretary, This Charming Man.
On one of my occasional inspection visits to Marks & Spencer, I find the US and UK are building on their new subs-for-Oz relationship by expanding cooperation – unwisely – into cuisine…