A gloriously wrathful, vexed, ranting, mouth-frothing letter to the WSJ from Secretary of Constitutional/Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang.
“print, publish, sell, offer for sale, distribute, display and/or reproduce seditious publications.”
…otherwise known as producing newspapers. (Update: Denise Ho and Margaret Ng among others arrested. Seems Christine Fang – establishment-friendly former CE of the HK Council for Social Service – is one. Weird.)
A not-very-optimistic view of what could happen if/when a fifth wave of Covid eventually breaks out in semi-vaccinated Hong Kong.
From the SCMP, an interview with a Mainland think-tank expert on how it’s all the fault of evil foreigners being too stupid to understand China…
China needs to do more to explain its system and values to the world, to avoid misunderstanding and mistrust in the West, according to the founder of a Beijing-based non-governmental think tank.
In an interview on Talking Post with chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo, Wang Huiyao from the Centre for China and Globalisation (CCG) said he faced an uphill battle when speaking to Western media about China.
“We know from the very beginning it’s a tremendous challenge to communicate with the outside world. I think first, China doesn’t really have many people who speak [or have] command of good English,” Wang said.
“But particularly, I think China has a different system, different values, maybe a different history and culture.”
By ‘China’, perhaps he means ‘the CCP’.
Some Xmas leftovers – anti-Christmas regulations from Chinese officials…
If anyone finds individuals and organizations doing any event of ‘Christmas’ or ‘Holy Night,’ please contact immediately the County Public Security bureau and comrade Li. Number: 17772028488.
From Politico, China-watchers’ predictions for 2022.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, Taiwan should further consider unilaterally shedding all remaining partners to strengthen its hand long-term against China.
My modest proposal is that Taiwan unilaterally go further in order to comply with the ‘only one China’ rule:
# return the entire contents of the National Palace Museum to Beijing as plundered treasure that is the rightful property of the PRC;
# evacuate Kinmen and other burdensome little islands just off the Chinese coast, ceding them to the PRC as its legitimate sovereign territory;
# step up the dismantling/renaming of Chiang Kai Shek and similar memorials, and design a new flag, as a decolonization process; and
# announce official recognition of the PRC as an independent nation, renouncing the Republic of China’s traditional claim to the Mainland as outdated and revanchist.
In short, turn the tables on Beijing. Rather than declare Taiwan independent, grant the Mainland independence and de-facto dissolve the RoC as archaic.