From today’s Standard… Tears as people surrender their hamsters, lest the creatures breathe all over them. Shares in Checkley Sin’s old company zoom after he announces a bid to ‘run’ for Chief Executive. And the HK Police have a recruitment problem. A snapshot of Hong Kong today – marked by unfeeling and incompetent officials, corrupt elites, and once-admired public institutions in decline.
Which brings us to a big article from Prof Michael Davies – perhaps the ultimate comprehensive account of what has happened to Hong Kong under the NatSec regime. Among many points…
One would be hard-pressed to devise a fuller plan to shut down an open society and inhibit freewheeling debate.
The shutdown of Hong Kong as a free society is still only (say) 30% or 40% complete. Where else in modern times has anything like this happened? Maybe Czechoslovakia being Sovietized in the late 1940s?
For the CCP regime, the NSL represents a momentous strategic choice. The regime has no doubt made that choice with a view not only to Hong Kong, but also to the risks of dissent and democratic ferment both within China and around the world.
This is not about Hong Kong; it is about how Beijing’s leadership views the world. Uighurs, United Front ops, arrests of lawyers – it’s all the same thing.