A Stand News explainer on the ongoing second NatSec Law trial, of Ma Chun-man…
Unlike the city’s first national security trial, which ended in July, Ma is not accused of committing violence and is charged solely on the basis of what he said.
The Confederation of Trade Unions formally disbands.
Nice Try of the Week Award goes to the HK Police for issuing special social-media quasi-memes marking Mahatma Gandhi and International Non-Violence Day. Security Secretary PK Tang can’t understand why many Hong Kong people dislike the cops. Also on Twitter, a selection of the HK Police’s greatest hits.
An ongoing rectification of Jiang Zemin-faction/Zeng Qinghong-linked Public Security and other officials in China deals with Sun Lijun and gets going on Fu Zhenghua. Asia Sentinel does a bit of digging and finds an intriguing, if not very specific, Hong Kong angle. (For more, see the original 2020 IRIS think-tank report – at least do a search on ‘Hong Kong’ to see the now-Security Secretary getting a mention. So far as anyone on planet Earth can tell, elite CCP factional power-struggles are going Xi Jinping’s way.)
References of Hong Kong in many Mainland TV shows have been replaced with ‘大灣區’ – ‘Greater Bay Area’. Watch for RTHK and others to follow suit – for example ‘hugely popular Greater Bay Area movie star Jackie Chan’. Former CE CY Leung called for this new identity three years ago.
The SCMP reports a government Covid advisor as saying that opening Hong Kong’s border with the Mainland will take ‘at least four to five months of negotiations’. So that could be six, seven or eight months. Why can’t negotiations take four or five days – or hours, even? Or does the word ‘negotiations’ really mean ‘an excuse to continue sealing Hong Kong off from the rest of the world’?