A cheerful start to Friday: the HK Science Museum and MTR hold a ‘MTR x dinosaur’ painting competition for kids. Check out the entry by Chung Kwok-ching with its mind-warping perspective.
Children’s pictures aren’t – yet – censored in Hong Kong. Unlike movies…
OFNAA ordered the film producers to delete a scene that it said had “reconstructed the illegal occupation movement.” If they did not comply, the film would not be allowed for public screening.
What about a film that ‘reconstructs’ a case of domestic violence, a bank robbery, or cops having sex with an underage girl – all illegal incidents?
The population of Hong Kong has dropped by nearly 230,000 since end-2019. This includes deaths outnumbering births, but the bulk of it (note big drop in 20-somethings) must be emigration. (See also Standard story.) HKT notes emigration as a factor in slow broadband business growth.
UK magazine The Critic on leaving China after 10 years…
…by 2022, China had become an impossible place to live. China’s initial COVID response was admirable, but it had descended into a mad authoritarian nightmare.
Prospect reacts to the framing/arrest of Drew Pavlou in London.
From Bloomberg – Beijing offers Taiwan the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ formula and drops its old promise not to station troops there. Don’t all rush!
After peaceful reunification, Taiwan may keep its current social system and enjoy a high degree of autonomy — the same promises that were extended to Hong Kong. The words that follow merit attention: “One Country is the precondition and foundation of Two Systems; Two Systems is subordinate to and derives from One Country; and the two are integrated under the one-China principle.”
Essentially, Beijing is saying ‘screw it’.
ABC Oz on China’s problems in convincing ‘Wan Wan’ to return to the fold…
Beijing has failed to create conditions conducive to the “thorough settlement” of the issue.
And those conditions, in large part, haven’t occurred because the people of Taiwan can express their own views, a dramatically different situation to the 1970s and 80s, when a dictatorship still claiming to be China’s rightful government ran the island.
Since China’s strongman leader Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, Taiwanese voters at successive presidential elections have chosen, by landslide, a government that rejects Beijing’s relentless pressure for closer ties on China’s terms.
China Media Project introduces you to the ‘Two Establishes’ – a phrase that has cropped up in People’s Daily a mere 33 times this month…
The phase is essentially a giftbox of loyalty to Xi, establishing him as 1) the unquestionable “core” leader of the CCP, and 2) his ideas as the bedrock of China’s future under the CCP.
Unpacked, the “Two Establishes” is a claim to the legitimacy of Xi Jinping’s rule, and a challenge to any who might oppose him. As such, the phrase is an important part of the process of “loyalty signaling,” or biaotai (表态), the registering of support for the top leader.