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.)
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.)