Hong Kong civil servants are attending study sessions on the spirit of Xi Jinping’s ‘important speech’…
[CE John] Lee said that President Xi’s speech was an important milestone of high significance and serves as crucial guidance on governance by the HKSAR Government in the coming five years. It is incumbent on the top echelon and civil servants of the HKSAR Government to grasp in full the core essence of President Xi’s important speech and build it into their own work.
… Various bureaux and departments will also conduct sessions on the President’s important speech for their staff so as to enable more colleagues from different ranks to grasp the core essence of President Xi’s important speech, build the spirit of the speech into their own work, and see to its manifestation in the policy objectives and initiatives under their respective purview.
Positive energy from the Standard: emigration boosts job opportunities for those left behind.
The government’s Covid experts are to ‘unite views to avoid confusion’. Why does this sound more like enforcing a line-to-take to promote unscientific policies rather than seeking ideas for improving the measures themselves?
Cue an anguished farewell message from the proprietor of a Disco Bay bar.
“Our epidemiology research found they tend to have more gatherings, like meetings among friends,” Leong said. “It’s likely that they have more interactions within their own ethnicity, so we need to find out whether there are hidden sources of infections among them via frequent testing.”
Holmes Chan on Hong Kong’s Anglophone poets…
The massive citywide democracy protests three years ago — and Beijing’s subsequent crackdown — proved a watershed.
The movement included violence that some experts say left many quietly traumatised, while solidarity between protesters gave rise to outbursts of creativity.
I don’t think anyone has been jailed for poems. Yet.
What does Hong Kong have in common with North Korea, Afghanistan, Burma and other regimes? It’s on the US Do Not Travel advisory.
From Politico, activists in the US target the Smithsonian for its partnership/sponsorship deals with the Hong Kong government’s trade office…
And those D.C. efforts are just a warm-up for a nationwide drive to brand official Hong Kong tourism, business and cultural outreach as propaganda for a repressive regime. Those activists point to HKETO as the chief lobbyist against the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which stalled after passing the House in 2019.
Willy Lam on the economic challenges facing Xi Jinping…
Over the long term, whether Xi can extend his tenure matters less than the sustainability of the Chinese way of running the economy and the country.
China Media Project on the China Press Awards – sort of Pulitzers for glowing Xi Jinping coverage…
The “Award Goals” also specify that works should serve to “enhance the ‘Four Consciousnesses,’ firm up the ‘Four Confidences’ and achieve the ‘Two Protections.’”
No word on whether the SCMP is a contender.
Also, CMP examines how ‘global credibility still eludes’ the World Internet Conference, set up by Beijing as a quasi-international body to legitimize state censorship. Watch for international useful idiots joining up. (On a similar but more techie note, Oiwan Lam on Chinese authorities censoring documents on cloud-based co-editing platforms.)
In a move likely to anger… the Czech Republic hosts a Taiwanese legislative delegation.
Time on China’s mortgage boycotts.
And an entertaining US law professor on why you shouldn’t talk to the police. (Advice applies mainly in places with rule of law.)