The Standard feigns fascination – a la front page – about whether former CE Carrie Lam is being appointed to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and if not, why not. As with the NPC, the CPPCC’s function is ceremonial, and membership is the Mainland equivalent of a Gold Bauhinia Medal for flunkies. The editorial suggests that she will not receive the symbolic award because Beijing doesn’t totally trust former colonial-era civil servants. Beijing doesn’t trust anybody. Anyone who remembers 2019 can think of more obvious reasons.
A billionaire property tycoon makes a bigger display of empathy for the less-advantaged than the legislature, let alone the government. Corporate PR folk like to describe such little gestures as ‘meaningful’. In this case, the public may infer a meaning in the contrast with Hong Kong officialdom’s longstanding contempt for the poor.
Bemused about the commercial spaceport (ie rocket-launch site) agreement signed between Djibouti and one Hong Kong Aerospace Technology? This thread (link corrected) does some digging. The company was created via a backdoor listing in 2021 (yield: 0.00%). Executives include United Front figures, and INEDs include Rimsky Yuen, Ceajer Chan and Nicholas Brooke. And it is linked to a Shenzhen entity with – well, duh – ties to the Mainland’s state aerospace corporation.
Watch Djibouti reach Mars first.