Why did officials see a ‘happiness’-themed event as incompatible with the arrival of the HKMAO boss?
An SCMP op-ed points out the contradiction between Hong Kong’s encouragement for youngsters to leave the city for the ‘Greater Bay Area’ and its generous measures to attract overseas talent…
The mixed messages from officials are confusing. On one hand, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun Yuk-han is promoting the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme, which subsidises regional employers if they hire fresh Hong Kong graduates. On the other, the government has launched the Top Talent Pass Scheme in December.
…Imagine a company that kept losing valuable staff and desperately hired replacements who were an unknown quantity, while at the same time encouraging its young employees and interns to look for opportunities elsewhere, and subsidising other companies to hire them. What are we trying to achieve here?
(This assumes there is a contradiction. Another explanation is that moving young Hongkongers out and replacing them with Mainlanders is a cohesive strategy. Officials certainly seem delighted with the success of the Top Talent Pass Scheme.)
A little reading for the weekend…
From a couple of months back, Asia Democracy Chronicles on Chow Hang Tung.
A thread on the deepening – and unequal – relationship between Russia and China…
…following the complete breakdown of ties with the West, Moscow has little choice but to sell China its most advanced and precious technologies of interest to Beijing – most likely including designs (think of S-500, underwater platforms, fighter jet engines etc.)
The presence in the Kremlin of Russian commodity producers’ CEOs, like @RosneftEN’s Igor Sechin, indicates that Xi and Putin also discussed expanding the sale of Russian natural resources to China.
Journal of Democracy on China’s efforts to make the world safe for autocracy.