Carrie Lam spells out her (or her bosses’) Covid travel reopening priorities…
Hong Kong’s ties with mainland China are more important than international business and global travel connections, according to the Asian financial hub’s leader.
“Of course, international travel is important, international business is important, but by comparison the mainland is more important,” Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a regular press briefing…
“…the most important thing is to open the border”.
No-one’s saying opening the border isn’t important, though note that Beijing seems to be in no rush at all to do it.
If I have both toothache and an ingrown toenail, do I postpone calling my dentist because the podiatrist can’t see me for a month? If I am running out of both toilet paper and beer, do I deliberately not buy any toilet paper until and unless I’ve bought the beer? Do I justify letting unwashed dishes stack up in the kitchen sink for days on the grounds that I still need to vacuum the floor this week?
It would be bad enough if Beijing was imposing this on Hong Kong simply for the sake of appearances, because they don’t want Hong Kong to look (or feel) different/autonomous from/better than the Mainland. Or as a pretext to (say) access residents’ personal and medical info. But – as the tone of the Bloomberg piece suggests – the insistence that we stay closed off until the (decoupling) Mainland eventually deigns to open up to the world seems more like a way to de-internationalize Hong Kong.
* glances nervously at floor and kitchen sink *
Speaking of household chores, there’s one type of international travel Hong Kong must allow at all costs.
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