It’ll be nice when it’s finished

Construction work costing billions on Central waterfront to take place from 2025 until 2032 – because the government refused to pay a far smaller amount for MTR-related work back in 2003.

As with the extraordinary works going on in the area around the HKCEC, we should just assume that this space is destined to be forever torn up.

(Minor quibble: the DesigningHongKong website logo is over-cropped on the right.)

Some mid-week links…

Carl Minzner in FA asks how well China’s political system can handle demographic change…

Xi has prioritized political stability over all else, limiting Beijing’s ability to undertake necessary reforms that might harm the interests of vested urban elites, such as trimming their retirement benefits. Beijing’s ideological pivot toward ethnonationalism will undermine China’s ability to rely on inbound migration as a tactic to mitigate the effects of a shrinking labor force. Finally, the Communist Party’s increasing embrace of traditionalist gender roles risks further exacerbating the decline in fertility rate by reinforcing the underlying factors that are driving China’s youth—particularly women—to opt out of marriage and child rearing.

A new addition to the CMP dictionary: Chinese-style modernization.

From Reddit (so not necessarily of academic-level integrity, but possibly interesting), those 5,000 years of continuous civilization made simple

The third wave of input was represented by Liao, Jin, Yuan and Qing. The conquerors from Inner Asia established dynasties in North China and Manchuria, first establishing the Liao Dynasty, then the Jin Dynasty, then Mongolia, conquering all of the Southern Song Dynasty and finally eliminating the Ming Dynasty through the Qing Dynasty to shape the territory of modern China. Whether it is the ROC or the PRC, both have inherited from the Qing Dynasty. Thus, the third China was a product of the Inner Asian-East Asian Empire established by the Khitans, Jurchens, Mongolians and Manchus. It was not descended from the Song Dynasty but rather from the Liao, Jin, Yuan and Qing Dynasties.This is from the political level. On the cultural and customary level, there were many more influences from Inner Asia.

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6 Responses to It’ll be nice when it’s finished

  1. Little Nury Versace says:

    More concrete please. As Little Richard said:

    I’m gonna rock it up, I’m gonna rip it up,
    I’m gonna shake it up, gonna ball it up,
    I’m gonna rock it up, and ball tonight

    Is it true to say that they balls it up as much as they rip it up in Hong Kong?


  2. Pedestrian says:

    This wouldn’t be the same government and same MTR that contrived that, for want of knocking out a window in the MTR-owned Admiralty Centre, anyone using the footbridge from the Government HQ has to descend an escalator, walk in the street entrance of Admiralty Centre and walk up again to get on the Admiralty/Central pedestrian overpass system?

  3. Justsayin says:

    I’m surprised the mainland hasnt rolled out Bokanovsky’s process to counter the population decline

  4. HK-Cynic says:

    What’s the over/under on construction actually finishing in 2032?

  5. wmjp says:

    Having last read Brave New World back some years in my teens, I had to look up Bokanovsky’s process.
    Are we sure that it is not the current way of producing CCP members?

  6. Mary Melville says:

    Re Pedestrian: But if they had provided the efficient direct footbridge link then there would be no justification to trot out for the redevelopment of Queensway Plaza.
    But of course when it came to providing a more direct link for Leggers to spend their generous monthly moolah at overpriced eateries at Pac Place and avoid having to brush past domestic helpers and the hoi polloi along the way, voila, an additional footbridge is under construction.
    And lets not go into white elephants like HKMZ Bridge that should have included a rail link.
    No accountability breeds a culture of money-squandering corruptocracy

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