HKFP analysis of convictions for riot in recent years. Farewell ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, hello ‘joint enterprise’.
From citizen media via Transit Jam, former senior officials’ links with the illegal plant-operating China Concrete.
More from Samuel Bickett on the HK Gay Games organizers – this time, the ad man whose ‘extreme views are well known in Hong Kong gay circles’ who is running the marketing effort.
HKFP op-ed on the Justice Secretary’s claim that only a small number of Hongkongers have been affected by the NatSec/sedition laws…
Since the passage of the law about half of the population has been deprived of the media of its choice because the organisations concerned closed, either because their staff and/or owners had been arrested or because they thought they would be next. More than 60 non-government organisations have folded. Independent trade unions have disappeared, Respected opinion leaders are barred by bail conditions from writing. Books have been banned from schools and libraries. These may be worthwhile sacrifices that we all have to make on the altar of national security but to claim that very few people have been affected is obvious nonsense.
Interesting CMP article on how Hong Kong officials are dutifully using Mainland policy buzzwords in the (not always appropriate) Hong Kong context.
Michael Pettis on whether China can exceed a long-term growth rate of 2-3%.
We are so accustomed to the phrase ‘港澳台’ that we forget its true (lack of) meaning. Academic paper Simulating territory: the rise and demise of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan as an imaginary regional formation is available here ‘for a while’…
This case shows that by fabricating an imaginary regional formation, a state can facilitate the multiplication of different bordering schemes between and within territories it effectively administers, while at the same time press irredentist claims against a different and de facto independent state, with explosive outcomes.
By performing 港澳台 Hong Kong-Macao-Taiwan as a regional formation, the PRC pursues a strategy of irredentism … acting *as if* Taiwan was already subject to its rule. Issuing identical ID cards to Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan people is one tactic.
…With Hong Kong and Macao self-determination movements snuffed out by ‘National Security’ Laws and Taiwan clearly going its own way, the imaginary “港澳台 Hong Kong-Macao-Taiwan” formation is being eclipsed by the “Greater Bay Area”, which omits Taiwan.
National Interest looks into the PRC’s legal claim to Taiwan, and doesn’t find much – just a huge mess involving the 1943 Treaty of Cairo, post-WW2 arrangements giving the US sovereign power over the island, and the relative, shifting legitimacies of the ROC and PRC. The article says…
The legal issue today concerning Taiwan is not whether Beijing has title to Taiwan, given that China has not held title to the island since 1895, and has as weak a claim to it today as Spain does to Cuba.
But even this is hazy: do the Manchus of 1895 count as ‘China’, let alone today’s PRC?