Hong Kong Watch says there have been 140,000 applications for BNO visas to migrate to the UK. That’s getting on for one in every 50 Hong Kong people. If a roughly similar number are going to Canada, Australia, Taiwan, etc – and, yes, Japan – that would be one in 25, or 4%. Now assume most are in the under-40 age group, and of above-average education levels, and you’re looking at a real demographic event.
The SCMP puts a more patriotic spin on the story: BNO applications down 8%.
Genius former pro-democrat Ronny Tong’s recommendation to counteract the brain drain: golf not housing.
Some weekend reading…
HK Free Press on Hong Kong’s most dangerous stretch of road.
DW looks at Hong Kong’s jury-less trials.
Bitter Winter on the Hong Kong courts’ treatment of a man accused of violence against Falun Gong members.
An explainer on China’s United Front in the UK, by the Conservative Party-linked China Research Group.
Second part of Michael Pettis’s article on China’s real-estate woes.
China Media Project dissects the latest People’s Daily rant about Nancy Pelosi (yes, they’re still going nuts about her).
Drew Pavlou – Australian anti-CCP enfant terrible – is on Substack.
The Guardian on how and why dictatorships make crap decisions…
…[Putin’s] approach to the current Ukraine conflict has clearly been deluded.
…“There are no incentives to tell the truth on the ground to the higher command…”
From Asian Review of Books – a history of tigers in Hong Kong.
And a review of Hong Kong novel Price’s Price by Chris Maden.
How the Qing empire semi-colonized Taiwan – link to overview of a National Palace Museum exhibit.
Have they found Genghis Khan’s grave?
…the numerous skeletons buried on top of the structure were most likely the slaves who built it and who were then massacred to keep the secret of the location.
…The  women are presumed to have been wives and concubines of the leader, who were killed to accompany the warlord in the afterlife.
His horses didn’t have it any better.
For map fans (or, more to the point, everyone who isn’t a map fan), the best simple illustration ever of the distortion in Mercator’s projection.