All eyes turn to Tainan, Taiwan. Mayor Lai refuses to attend city council meetings until the investigation of the speaker’s dubious election is resolved. A political opponent holds a sign on the council floor referring to “Emperor Lai”. Beijing’s new commercial flight lines, abruptly announced and unusually close to Taiwan sovereign airspace, come in the context of anti-[pro-Beijing]-incumbent elections, such as Lai’s re-election with 72.9%. The defeated party has a record of being favored by China. Hong Kong took the higher road, Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) was released without charges, yet. This further reduces reasons for protests. The HK CEO suspects unnamed foreign power influence, typical of both the West’s messiah complex and Beijing’s paranoia. Everything is ongoing.
…Analytical collection of various articles, including translation from Chinese.
- China praises Hong Kong for not giving in to protesters (terradaily.com)
- HK protesters stage democracy march (bbc.co.uk)
- VIDEO: Protesters disrupt Hong Kong parliament (bbc.co.uk)
- Hong Kong leader takes hard line on public vote in key speech (rappler.com)
- Hong Kong’s CY Leung warns of ‘anarchy’ in policy speech. (theoslotimes.com)
- Hong Kong Starts Second Round of Election Consultation (chinatopix.com)