Serious “rioting” charges have been laid against 44 people, the youngest 16 years old, a day after Beijing urged the Hong Kong government to “punish” protesters who have taken to the streets for two months.
Television news broadcasts on Tuesday evening in Hong Kong showed police with batons and shields trying to disperse hundreds of people who massed outside the Kwai Chung police station when news of the rioting charges spread.
Arrest those freedom loving kidies, at Bloomie:
The White House is monitoring a buildup of Chinese forces on Hong Kong’s border, a senior administration official said.
…The nature of the Chinese buildup wasn’t clear; the official said that units of the Chinese military or armed police had gathered at the border with Hong Kong. The official briefed reporters on condition he not be identified.
If this turns ugly then we’d better brace here because there are going to be spillovers. Not least universities, via SCMP:
The University of Auckland is launching a formal investigation into a confrontation on Monday between students from Hong Kong and the mainland over the now-suspended extradition bill.
A video posted on social media shows three male students from mainland China arguing with a female student from Hong Kong in front of a so-called Lennon Wall on campus, where people can paste protest notes.
At one point, the confrontation turned into a scuffle and one of the male students shoved the female student, 27-year-old Serena Lee, causing her to fall over.
“Physically, I am not injured, but inside me I am shocked and shaken,” she was quoted as saying afterwards in an interview with The New Zealand Herald .
“The proposed law in Hong Kong could see the end of the city as we know it and our individual freedom, but I was stunned when people in New Zealand are also trying to shut down our freedom of expression.”
Shocking yes. Unexpected no. Perhaps they could just drop and Aussie tactical nuke on Hong Kong, at The Australian:
A University of NSW computer science professor co-authored research with Chinese generals linked to Beijing’s nuclear weapons program and supervised at least nine PhD students from China’s top military academy.
Professor Xue Jingling has been named by Beijing as an elite “Thousand Talents Scholar”, and maintains ongoing links to China’s National University of Defence Technology.
NUDT, which operates under the direct leadership of China’s Central Military Commission, has been blacklisted by the US because its supercomputers are “believed to support nuclear explosive simulation and military simulation activities”.
Simulated against whom, one might ask.
Not to worry, China has no designs on anybody, via the AFR:
China’s top defence official in Australia has hit back at criticism of Beijing’s military build up, saying claims of a “China threat” reflect prejudice against its political system and economic development.
In a speech in front of Australian Defence Force chief Angus Campbell and Defence Department Secretary Greg Moriarty, China’s defence attache Wang Jingguo said China’s defence posture, articulated in its white paper last week, was essentially defensive.
“It is hard to understand why some people are so vigorous in spreading and playing up the so-called China threat theory today,” Colonel Wang said
It is hard to understand if you see:
- the silent invasion of the Aussie parliament;
- militarisation of the South China Sea;
- naval bases in Pakistan and Cambodia;
- the forcible integration of Hong Kong and Taiwan;
- the suppression or Xinjang and Tibet;
- domination of advanced robotics and AI;
- and worldwide debt diplomacy
as the normal run of events.
But it sure looks hegemonic from here!