Some more on the men arrested for posting ‘seditious’ material online. Allegations include ‘offensive slogans’, ridiculing the national anthem, and ‘desecration’ of the national flag. And two of the speech therapists imprisoned for seditious sheep cartoons are to appeal their conviction.
If the government ignored these expressions of opinion that do not endanger life or property, few would even notice them. Instead, enforcement action makes everyone focus on reworded anthem lyrics, and the sheep cartoons are now available in English and Mandarin (Taiwan-style, no less).
The NatSec system’s relentless if futile pursuit of ex-lawmaker Ted Hui – safely overseas – culminates in a sentencing in absentia to over three years in prison. His original sins date back to protests in and outside the Legislative Council back in 2019-20, but the authorities are visibly Mightily Miffed that he skipped town (with the help of Danish lawmakers) and, as the judge put it, ‘undermined public confidence in the administration of justice’. Oh, and he ‘shows no remorse’.
On the subject of running rings around people, a Standard editorial makes some amusing points over Li Ka-shing’s offloading of a luxury apartment complex onto a Singapore-based investment fund. CK Asset stands to continue making money from the Borrett Road development by helping to finance the buyer and taking a no-risk potential slice of future sales for a time.
China Media Project looks at Global Times’ increasing use of ‘Xizang’ instead of ‘Tibet’ in English-language output. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following suit, how long will it be before Beijing starts pressuring foreigners to adopt and normalize what is in effect a new name? When will airlines or hotel groups add ‘Xizang’ to ‘Hong Kong, China’ or ‘China’s Province of Taiwan, China’ in their drop-down menus? How many years will it take for overseas audiences to work out where or what ‘Xizang’ is? How many decades will it be before foreign commentators – still struggling to say ‘Beijing’ properly – manage to pronounce this mysterious Pinyin-Han usage?