David Webb on the futility of Hong Kong’s Covid strategy…
If HK lacks the “high degree of autonomy” to do the right thing for its residents and businesses on this occasion, then we must assume that HK will follow mainland strategy in future pandemics … and isolate the city again.
From Kong Tsun-gan – thoughts on the arrest of Cardinal Zen.
Samuel Bickett asks what’s going on with the HK Bar Association…
…all might have been forgiven if Dawes stuck to his word and avoided politics in order to steer the Bar Association through choppy waters. But instead, he is increasingly using the Bar Association as a tool to promote Beijing and Hong Kong Government positions, while ignoring matters like unjustified arrests and judicial misconduct that should be of concern to the city’s barristers.
(If you want arrest-and-judicial overload, HKFP’s output in the last 24 hours covers: Margaret Ng’s seized documents, the Passion Times national flag competition, 6.5 years in prison for Telegram admin, a denial of bail on NatSec grounds in a non-NatSec Law case, and another ‘sedition’ case.)
It’s all the fault of British colonialism. Tankie Martin Jacques tells Hongkongers they must stop being so un-Chinese, complete with blather about the Greater Bay Area and Northern Metropolis…
After 156 years of British colonialism, Hongkongers habitually looked West, not north. Many liked the idea of being Western at a time when the West still enjoyed considerable status and prestige. Hongkongers had a split identity, part Chinese, part Western. That is why many had somewhat mixed feelings about the handover.
(Nothing to do with not wanting to live under a Communist dictatorship. Does Jacques (a Brit) ‘like the idea of being Western’ himself? In fairness, it’s quite possible Global Times embellished his copy to suit the party narrative.)
A BBC video on Sophia Huang Xueqin, journalist behind China’s #MeToo movement who ‘vanished’ in 2021. She and fellow activist Wang Jianbing are expected to face trial for ‘inciting subversion of state power’. (Cue Martin Jacques telling her to stop trying to be so Western.)
Brian Hioe on the ‘Taiwanese’/’Chinese’ confusion following the church shooting in Irvine – basically, what is Waishengren?