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HK to banish tune-mockery menace

Faced with a housing crisis, putrid air, overcrowded hospitals and zombie-factory schools, the Hong Kong government’s number-one priority is obviously to ban lack of respect towards a one-minute piece of music. The new national anthem law will impose hefty prison … Continue reading

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HK govt suddenly loses ability to comment on press stories

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that, in its efforts to push Belt and Road projects, the Chinese government will assist a corrupt regime by agreeing to tap and monitor Hong Kong-based journalists investigating the crooked officials concerned. Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Great moments in Belt and Road, cont’d

Like ‘One Country Two Systems’, ‘Belt and Road’ is a vague slogan rather than a concrete structure or strategy. It could be broadly summarized as: Xi Jinping’s visionary Marshall Plan to ‘stitch together’ Eurasia and the Indian Ocean through win-win … Continue reading

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Venerable slogan outlives usefulness

Chairman-of-Everything-for-Life Xi Jinping declares that China must and will annex Taiwan – under threat of military force – under a ‘One Country Two Systems’ model. Taiwan says ‘no thanks’. Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post produces a hasty torrent of … Continue reading

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It’s more fun than Pokemon!

Hong Kong’s hot new game for 2019 is ‘Guess the next Mainlandization’. All the family can join in! And you can let your imagination run wild, because the gradual smothering of the city will continue in many forms. Who would … Continue reading

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Gleeful start to year

Who says 2019 is going to out-nightmarish its predecessor? We ease ourselves into the new year with three uplifting and heart-warming tales. The Chinese government embraces the exciting new concept of ‘eco-hegemony’ in the South China Sea. Also known as … Continue reading

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A Government’s spokesman seriously condemns…

The Hong Kong government wishes you a Happy New Year with a beautifully crafted and logical press release. Just another 364 days to go.

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The bright side to 2018

Before the flood of 2018-in-review horror stories, a quick reminder that this has been a Really Good Year in the fight against delusions, manias, the irrational and the madness of crowds. One reliable indicator is a puff-piece in the South … Continue reading

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Buyers get extra discount for having ‘Poggibonsi’ address

Once a ‘tea-leaves’ thing, China-watching in the age of Twitter comes down to what the signals intel folk call ‘traffic analysis’ – or as McLuhan might have put it, ‘the quantity of the medium is the message’. Today’s cascade of … Continue reading

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Planet suddenly notices China isn’t trendy and fab

Some updates on the Hong Kong Wen Wei Po academic-tailing story. The Communist Party’s propaganda outlet is complaining that Kevin Carrico is attacking its press freedom, and hints at taking legal action. Other comments here and here. The hyperactive creepiness … Continue reading

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