Authorities freak out

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hits back at a US Senate committee criticism of Hong Kong’s NatSec Law…

…with a statement on Thursday morning, saying the US body’s resolution was “openly slandering” Hong Kong’s national security law and the condition of human rights and rule of law in the city.

A spokesperson from the office said it “strongly condemned and resolutely opposed” the US senate committee’s support of those such as [Jimmy] Lai who “opposed China and stirred up chaos in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong officials are not to be outdone. Exiled pan-dem Ted Hui calls the new District Council arrangements ‘pseudo elections’. You won’t believe what happened next

“Fugitive Ted Hui was a destructive anti-China saboteur who stirred up trouble in Hong Kong,” the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau (CMAB) wrote on Wednesday night.

The response was signed by CMAB Secretary Erick Tsang and Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak.

“He colluded with hostile foreign powers, incited and bewitched people’s hearts and won Legislative Council and District Council seats before the electoral system was improved.”

The department added that Hui was “concocting a series of groundless, slogan-like nonsense.”

Bewitched! (OK, here you go.)

(More essentials from HKFP: Bao Choy appeals over bizarre rule that you can access a public – that’s public – database for only very specific reasons; and op-ed on the Bar Association’s belated hounding of Tanya Chan.)

Speaking of Jimmy Lai – here’s the documentary, The Hong Konger. Censored by TikTok, then uncensored.

Other reading…

Globe and Mail on Hong Kong media in exile.

Out of area – an interesting piece on the geography and regional culture of US gun violence

…the regions initially “settled by sober Puritans, Quakers and Dutch farmer-artisans” — [the Northeast/Midwest] — were organized around a yeoman agricultural economy that rewarded “quiet, cooperative citizenship, with each individual being capable of uniting for the common good.”

Much of the South … was settled by “swashbuckling Cavaliers of noble or landed gentry status, who took their values . . . from the knightly, medieval standards of manly honor and virtue” [Tidewater and Deep South] or by Scots and Scots-Irish [Appalachians] who hailed from one of the most lawless parts of Europe and relied on “an economy based on herding,” where one’s wealth is tied up in livestock, which are far more vulnerable to theft than grain crops.

(Book recommendation on this subject: The Cousins’ Wars by Kevin Philips, arguing that the English Civil War, American War of Independence and Civil War form one ongoing conflict.)

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8 Responses to Authorities freak out

  1. Stanley Lieber says:

    Fugitive Ted Hui is doomed to fail!

    Can I be a District Councillor now?

  2. Low Profile says:

    Damn democrats, colluding with that evil Harry Potter!

  3. Mary Melville says:

    3-May – Secretary for Development Bernadette Linn remarked that, driven by the social and economic development, the population of Hong Kong is likely to increase in the future, which would result in a greater demand for housing properties.
    But today media reports that another school in Kennedy Town/Pokfulam – a very popular residential district – is threatened with closure, because of shrinking population.
    Dis-functional administration some would say, right hand does not know what left hand is doing.
    However in Honkers its all about Location, Location, Location. If these schools are closed down who would benefit. Who owns the sites?
    Is it any coincidence that both these schools are adjacent to HKU facilities????.
    This ‘poodle’ is currently undertaking an extensive empire building programme that will result in the district looking more like MKK with much of the verdant background eliminated or obscured.
    Regrettably we no longer have a media that looks any further than government announcements.

  4. Project Ted says:

    The department added that Hui was “concocting a series of groundless, slogan-like nonsense.”

    Well no wonder they’re pissed off at Hui: Godamnit! that’s their job!

  5. HK-Cynic says:

    As for Jimmy Lai and TikTok, Mark Simon explains it:

    @tiktok_us is not being truthful. These two video’s, which are quite objectionable for the CCP remain down.

    Simply put, if they say @ActonInstitute is back up. It’s a lie. It’s the book put back on the shelf without pages.

    These two video’s cross multiple CCP red lines.

  6. Rocinante says:

    @MaryMelville Re: Dis-functional administration not knowing what it is doing.

    I am not surprised they have trouble planning. They have been working with terrible population forecasts.
    Census and statics department 2000 forecast for 2023 was 8.6 million (well over a million out). 2010 forecast for 2023 was 7.95 million (half a million out).

  7. wmjp says:

    Hong Kong national anthem blunder: end row and focus on improvement, sports minister warns 2 warring bodies over ice hockey drama

    So says one of the key people who started the whole unseemly anthem mess in the first place.

  8. Mary Melville says:

    Re wmjp: And in his ardour Yeung managed to remind us what a bunch of plonkers call the shots in our sports ‘hub’. Watching Kenneth Fok walking the tight rope in an effort to preserve his Mr. Nice Guy in the middle persona was a spectator sport in itself.
    No doubt the ridiculous saga will have encouraged a number of ice hockey players and other athletes to check out emigration options.

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