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POP goes Beijing’s ‘HK patriots’ bubble

Another item for Beijing’s Hong Kong Mainlandization ‘to do’ list: the HKU public opinion survey on residents’ self-identity. The pollsters are now joining the 21st Century and conducting surveys over mobile phone as well as landlines, so they are in … Continue reading

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CCP out of the closet?

This HKFP article concludes with an interesting question: will, or when will, the Chinese Communist Party operate openly in Hong Kong? The Hong Kong government virtually never mentions the phrase ‘Communist Party’. And the rising use of nationalistic symbolism in … Continue reading

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It’s not that Hong Kong is run by morons…

…the surprising part is that the morons manage to be in so many government functions. Today, they seem to be everywhere. First, the main part of a new highway along (largely beneath) the shoreline from Hong Kong Island’s Causeway Bay … Continue reading

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Two strange things to start the week

Our Hong Kong Foundation, a think-tank/lobby backed by property/construction tycoons, has another go at convincing us we need to spend half a trillion bucks on the Lantau Mega-Reclamation White-Elephant Vision. First time round, it tried a direct appeal – let’s … Continue reading

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It’s all Kruschev’s fault

Human Rights Watch releases a depressing report on Beijing’s assault on Hong Kong’s freedoms over the last year. The Hong Kong government’s official line is that nothing is happening, there has been no change, rule of law and freedom of … Continue reading

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Can Carrie outdo CY for dislikable-ness?

It would take super-human effort and determination to be a less popular Hong Kong Chief Executive than CY Leung. CY came across as vindictive, creepy, menacing-going-on-Satanic, and most of all, so avidly pro-Communist Party even pro-Communists found it embarrassing. Yet, … Continue reading

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Going off the rails

A few mid-week links with a bias towards trains. Lawfareblog does a good summary of what the High Speed Rail arrangements mean for the Hong Kong legal system. And before we feel too sorry for ourselves, how badly China shafted … Continue reading

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In all fairness…

Time to give credit where it’s due and recognize the hard work of the Hong Kong government’s Stupid Ideas Department. Some time ago, it dreamed up a proposal to recycle some of the vast budget surplus to property owners via … Continue reading

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Yes, but what IS it?

What better way to start the week than with some sort of sneak-preview of the Greater Bay Area Initiative Vision Plan from the South China Morning Post? The paper reports that Vice Premier Han Zheng has approved the Tech/Innovation Integration … Continue reading

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Xi in a rush

Some possibly interesting Friday reading… A dummy’s guide on how you should finance infrastructure in developing countries versus how ‘Belt and Road’ does it. (Basic money stuff – eg, low returns call for long-term debt. Bottom line: if a high-speed rail … Continue reading

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