Hong Kong Update, Monday 20 October

Democracy activists continue to pressure Hong Kong’s government across the harbour from Central at Mong Kok in Kowloon, where they gathered every day last week. Erecting barricades, police dismantling barricades and media reporting traffic was back to normal on Thursday, 17 October. Then up went the barricades again. Finally this ended in violent clashes on Saturday, with riot police going in kitted […]

Continue reading


China’s ABC bullying part of a long game

Michael Sainsbury Only two weeks ago the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China in Beijing issued its strongest ever report condemning deteriorating conditions in China for foreign journalists, and now the Australian government is being tested by Beijing in an unprecedented manner. Its considered response, beyond the initial incident, will be telling. China’s ruling Communist Party […]

Continue reading


Xi’s birthday present to the CCP, a fracturing nation?

Michael Sainsbury Only three days before China’s ruling Communist Party was to unleash celebrations for the 65th anniversary of their victory over the Kuomintang on October 1, 1949 its leaders got an unwelcome early birthday present from an unexpected guest. Tens of thousands of students and other supporters flooded the streets of Hong Kong once a small collection […]

Continue reading


How anal can you get?

The New York Times’ Kirsten Didi Tatlow reported yesterday on a tweet from the People’s Daily that pigeons to be released during China’s National Day celebrations held today were rigorously examined, including anal security checks to ensure they were not carrying explosives. 10,000 birds were set free as part of the celebrations. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/pigeons-said-to-undergo-anal-security-check-for-chinese-national-day      

Continue reading