Back in the USSR: How China saw the Hong Kong rebellion

Via Bloomie:

As hundreds of thousands of protesters march in Hong Kong’s streets against unpopular China-backed extradition legislation, another battle is unfolding across Beijing’s Great Firewall. Photos and information about the biggest protests since the handover of the former British colony are being systematically wiped from China’s internet. Meanwhile, Chinese state media is pushing a narrative blaming the protest movement on U.S. interference.

On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, posts voicing support for Hong Kong protesters have been removed since the demonstrations kicked off last weekend — leaving mostly Chinese media editorials on hostile foreign players trying to meddle in Chinese affairs. While WeChat users outside the mainland could share photos and comments about the protests on the popular messaging app, their contacts within the Firewall of China generally failed to see the posts.

Typing “Hong Kong” into China’s largest search engine, Baidu, fails to produce news on protests that brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets. Censors have even taken note of the songs sung by demonstrators: “Do you Hear The People Sing,” a protest anthem from the musical “Les Miserables,” has been wiped from Tencent’s QQ Music streaming service.

This tweet from the CPC foghorn is a classic:

And I thought the Huawei meme was a joke!

With each passing day, truth in the Chinese Communist Party led nation looks more like that of the USSR.

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.


  1. Don’t get too full of yourself: There’s an Australian in London who will soon be extradited to the US for reporting on war crimes.
    Western democracies do it too, their citizens just protest less than those in HK.

  2. GunnamattaMEMBER

    Worth noting the Russian view of Hong Kong too…….

    Single party states touting state led economic development and social and corporate subservience to that are only really touting corruption and economic catchup.

    Its just that the crowd touting a market led economy have trashed the brand of the market (too much for the 1%) and have tied their societies to their mantra

  3. HK was once China’s link to the west and how they engaged in capitalism….now its fast becoming a major thorn and threat to how it operates….Samson and Goliath comes to mind..

  4. With the reports of live organ harvesting, reeducation camps running full steam and mass surveillance, China looks an awful lot more like Hilter’s Germany, and the West (perhaps excluding Trump’s USA) look like appeasers.

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      Organ harvesting has been a wide practice well known in China for over a generation. I have a friend from HK who had a family member travel to the mainland for an organ transplant over 20 years ago. The ethnic cleansing has been a issue in the far west for centuries, the Han have hated Islam since the Silk Road Arab traders brought their religion into China. Spying on their own people is a normal state for China and also a normal state for communist governments, go watch an excellent film on East Germany ‘The Lives of Others’. I would say that most of the world are not appeasers to China, more like enablers. Entry to the WTO and the mass trade and transfer of wealth to China has given them power above their ability and maturity. Fortunately the money supply can also be cut off, in reality when deeply examined few get much from their China trade (unfortunately Australia does, but they need us up to a point) so most nations can quickly cut off China’s money supply, they could be brought to their economic knees if the world had the spine to do it.