From the Ministry of Truth…
Pandemic prevention policy is scientific, proactive, and under control, and is being carried out in a planned and measured manner. This runs counter to false charges, leveled by the United States and the West, that China was “forced to relax its grip” or is “unprepared.”
Well, that’s me convinced!
In an interview with Anne Stevenson-Yang – China’s Covid-strategy-as-centralization-push, the ‘investability’ of China, and more…
…I have to say I think there has been some kind of quiet internal revolt against Xi Jinping’s personal rule.
…It’s important to be aware that China is really two countries: You have a fairly prosperous nation along the coast, and then you have a billion people in the interior who are there essentially just to supply cheap labor to the coastal cities. Since the coastal cities have not paid the full cost of that labor in terms of education, healthcare and pensions, their economies have looked very buoyant. In contrast to that, the health and education of the people in the interior is at a level similar to Algeria’s. Social well-being is definitely worse than, say, Malaysia. So if you were to raise those people out of poverty and sort of blend them with the 350 million on the coast, you would drag down growth for everybody. And if you were to leave them out entirely, you basically split the country.
In the Standard – comment and update on Hong Kong’s hamster situation.
From TransitJam, how you get a toppled-over bus out of the bushes around Lohas Park.
HKFP op-ed on the Lantau-reclamation twin elephants.
Really out of area, but long overdue: why manned missions to Mars are a stupid idea.