Xinhua tweets about Chinese fashion designers making dresses from balloons. They really are cool and nice looking, but a “wardrobe malfunction” for one of them would be…interesting. https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1160319369379008513
China Daily News
Popular Mechanics is reporting that China’s second aircraft carrier, the first built in China, is having some problems during sea trials. https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/navy-ships/a28648689/china-homemade-aircraft-carrier/. Problems aren’t unexpected in a new ship (the U.S.’s new destroyer, the USS Zumwalt is a prime example), and China will almost certainly work them out; although it may be some time before China can match the U.S.’s carrier operational capabilities, especially given that U.S. aircraft carriers are much larger and carry a much larger number of aircraft. The Popular Mechanics article links to this South China Morning Post article: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3021707/another-sea-trial-chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier
Taiwan News reports that the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) will streamline and expedite missile production for defense against China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA): https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3761445
Xinhua News reports that Rwanda views China as a “strategic partner” in development. https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1160225031923929094. China has been investing in under-developed African countries and other countries where their RMB can buy friends. On the other hand, those RMB are probably also doing some real good for the people of those countries. Does China actually care about the welfare of the people of those countries?
The Hong Kong Free Press reports on a short press conference held by Hong Kong Chief Executive (appointed by the Beijing central government) Carrie Lam, where she rules out any concessions to the protesters. She said that the Hong Kong people should focus on the economy, and that Beijing would not ignore the situation if it continues to worsen. https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/08/09/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-rules-protest-concessions-urges-focus-economy/ In other words, “shut up and get back to work.” That message doesn’t seem likely to be effective.
The protests and riots continue in Hong Kong. China appears to be at a complete loss as to how to deal with the situation. Being an authoritarian, dictatorial regime, they cannot give in to the protesters, as it would make the central government appear weak and perhaps encourage political movements in other parts of China. On the other hand, cracking down too hard will embarrass Beijing on the world stage. They cannot do nearly as much now to cover up political violence as they did in 1989. Beijing is aware of that, and so we see the use of the Triad gangs as enforcers – it gives Beijing “plausible deniability.” We also see the many stories coming from Chinese media on the “normal” Hong Kong people supporting the Hong Kong government and police, and also Chinese official outbursts at U.S. and U.K “interference.” The world’s attention is on how China deals with Hong Kong. The situation is volatile and dangerous; let’s hope it doesn’t end badly.
Global Times: Protesters occupy streets in Tsim Sha district: https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1160230618686320640
People’s Daily: Protesters stage sit-in protest in Hong Kong airport “upsetting passengers”: https://twitter.com/PDChina/status/1160200377964220418
Reuters China: China Tells U.K. to back off from Chinese affairs: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-britain/china-tells-uk-to-back-off-after-ministers-call-for-hong-kong-probe-idUSKCN1V00DG
China News: Hong Kong rebels are inciting youth; Jimmy Lai is a U.S. “running dog”: https://twitter.com/Echinanews/status/1160117759436398593 The old “running dog” slur makes an appearance.
When you know the Chinese media is in no way independent… CCTV posts the exact same story as China News: https://twitter.com/CCTV/status/1160101061941551104
Global Times: Who is behind the protests? https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1160128657278435328 The Chinese central government has no idea how to handle the situation, so (as has happened throughout Chinese history) they resort to blaming foreigners.
And again, the Chinese media is in no way independent. Xinhua News posts the exact same story as the Global Times: https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1160155931155554306
South China Morning Post: Thousands show up to protest without police permission: https://twitter.com/SCMPNews/status/1160226803186851846
There is much more. Hong Kong protesters are fighting. Videos show a lot of violence, beatings with clubs, lasers being shone into eyes of police. Does Beijing have any idea what to do besides to start shooting? Let us all hope that the CCP is willing to negotiate in good faith. There doesn’t seem to be much evidence that there is trust between the Hong Kong people (protesters) and the Beijing government.
The “unrest” (riots and protests) in Hong Kong hasn’t been reported in the U.S. media nearly as much as it deserves. Here is some of the latest from media we are following:
China Claims U.S is Interfering in Hong Kong
- (Of course…) Moscow wants cooperation with Beijing against U.S. interference. Global Times: https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1160038181724655616 . That song seems familiar…
- Chinese foreign ministry denounces U.S. “gangster logic” after U.S. protests doxxing of U.S. diplomat: http://english.cctv.com/2019/08/10/ARTIg9dSY37TbDnyKyvtf0Uw190810.shtml. I don’t know what “gangster logic” means, but there you are.
- Global Times Editorial: U.S. Operates Thuggish Diplomacy in Hong Kong. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1160904.shtml. Wow, gangster logic and thuggish diplomacy, too! I don’t know what either of those things mean, but I think Clint Eastwood is probably to blame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mevxenJ6Mtc
- U.S. protests doxxing of diplomat in Hong Kong: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/10/us-hits-back-at-china-for-targeting-diplomat-in-hong-kong. U.S. State Department spokesman said that China is a “thuggish regime.” “We aren’t the thugs, you are!”
Ongoing Protests in Hong Kong
- Protesters occupy Hong Kong airport for three days. China demands that Cathay Pacific Airlines staff that have participated in protests be banned from flying routes into mainland China. Reported many places; link to news.com.au story. The video is shocking: https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/prodemocracy-activists-stage-airport-sitin-as-china-bans-cathay-staff/news-story/f1c93dd92608887ff160483788c8a7f1
Much more to come on this in future posts. This is very, very serious, and it could very well end very badly. Follow our twitter feed to see more from several different sources from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and so on for the latest news: https://twitter.com/ChinaDailyNews1
This seems to be more and more common in many countries. Delaying marriage and not bearing children is leading to lower birth rates in Europe, the U.S. Japan, and China as well. Is demographics destiny? The SCMP article is here: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3021964/i-dont-why-chinas-millennials-are-saying-no-marriage
Video from Xinhua shows heavy seas and serious flooding along China’s east coast in Zhejiang province: https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1160030222605070336
This sounds interesting and useful. Reported by CGTN: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-08-10/Scientists-develop-smart-nighttime-color-changing-film-J2maPoF16M/index.html
Update: some pictures here: https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1159995441230032896 . It looks cool!