Results-oriented government in action: hygiene officials leave sealed rat poison packets in vermin-infested alleyways because they believe the rodents will open the plastic bags themselves. (This only works if you write ‘cheese’ on the packs.)
HK Post releases stamps celebrating the 120th anniversary of Ta Kung Pao. It would be more accurate to say the 120th anniversary of the name: today’s state-owned propaganda sheet has nothing to do with the original publication, founded towards the end of the Qing dynasty as China’s first modern newspaper. It has, shall we say, undergone changes in ownership, and is today best known for naming individuals and groups in Hong Kong in advance of their political rectification. We are also nearing the 26th anniversary of the founding of Apple Daily. And the first anniversary of its closure.
For many CPC officials, Cardinal Zen’s real crime is not only his regular defenses of religious freedom in China and, through his pastoral and intellectual courage, his potential threat to the party’s totalitarianism, but also his criticism of the Vatican’s secret deals with the Chinese leadership.
A report that Xi Jinping will get the title ‘helmsman’. (That should be ‘great’, surely?) And Xinhua is producing a 50-part series on his life.
From the Guardian, what Beijing is up to in the Pacific.
And CMP asks what, if anything, the economic ‘conference’ of 100,000 cadres means.