On Chinese social media, Jackie Chan is persona non grata.
Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan — they’re all connected and Xi’s losing control.
Huge crowds subside but pro-democracy campaigners continue to hold key Hong Kong streets, preparing supplies and barricades ahead of renewed protests expected on Wednesday for China’s national day holiday.
China just blocked Instagram. Here’s what they’re hiding.
…”That this blatant sexism and racism was approved by a mayoral hopeful from the ruling party, who received a law degree from Columbia University, is shocking.”
Sadly, this is not shocking at all. Receiving a degree from an American University is no guarantee that a person will be more empathetic and less prejudicial. From what I have seen, the feral culture on US campuses might be achieving the exact opposite. Also, both candidates in this election are guilty of offences of this nature.
TT cartoon on Hong Kong protests.
BREAKING: Protest movement urges all those who want to make their feelings known to Beijing to join in ‘defining moment’ for territory
Links & News
- The new Taiwan Communique is out and available for download here including an election preview, obituaries, and more on the Sunflower Movement.
- Speaking of which, the University of Nottingham China Policy Institute has its own reviews of the momentous events of March/April this year and their impacts. There’s also commentary on China’s brutal and inhumane jailing of Uighur scholar and blogger Ilham Tohti.
- The Taipei City Mayor race is heating up and getting rather murderous, according to the Lien camp which managed to get their hands on a recording of private meeting between opponent Ko and campaign staff. Clearly moderating themselves to keep the race sensible and sane, Ko accused Lien of Watergate whilst Lien tried to tap into some islamophobia to accuse Ko of being little more than a terrorist.
- It’s all a bit of a side show though because this is the ‘Finance Election’ in which Lien and his team have spent the best part of the past three months going after Ko to smear him as a fiscally dodgy embezzler, a tactic many suspect is being used to divert attention from the fact of Lien’s status as a rich Princeling unable to relate to the lives of ordinary Taipei citizens who can’t afford to buy a 30 ping apartment for US$500,000. The strategy is clear although the polls don’t currently indicate that it is working: attack but never substantiate. When called on to put their money where their mouth is, Lien’s team pulls away and continues making accusations from the wings whilst mimicking Ko’s actions to bring transparency to his campaign. In this race between SilverSpooner™ and ClusterF**k™ it is really boiling down to who will lose it rather than win it. Shame because it appears both candidates have entirely forgotten about offering any kind of policy platform or vision for what they would do as Mayor. Shaping up to be another four years of Concrete & Gimmicks.
- The University of Chicago has had enough and won’t be continuing its Confucius Institute after some rather unflattering remarks emerged. After the EACS conference scandal, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Hanban head Xu Lin’s ‘my way or the highway’ style of ‘negotiation’ leads to more such disaffiliations.