In lieu of Beijing’s diplomatic envoy to Vietnam last week over “oil tensions”, it seems that Beijing may be secretly planning to send many more envoys to many more places over many more “tensions”. According to one wired blogger, “tension” is not merely a RESULT of Beijing’s policy—“tension” IS Beijing’s policy. This tension always seems to indicate what Beijing fears may be stronger than their Confucian version of Communism.
The spike in tensions between Beijing and Hong Kong, especially in recent weeks, is not merely about Beijing v Hong Kong, but about how Britain could become involved, and by implication the US. Britain still has a dog in that fight and the crown can flex its English muscles if Beijing demonstrates that they broke their promise: that Hong Kong would remain autonomous for 50 years following the 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty.
The recent privately organised and unofficial online “voting” in Hong Kong received a significant cyber attack—implicating Beijing. There are reportedly fifteen physical polling booths in addition to the online system. After three days polls taken 650k of the 3.47 million voters as of press time Sunday night, the polls will remain open until next Sunday. Beijing is irate.
The bigger issue is that China and Russia are negotiating oil. Nothing happens with China’s oil rigs in the Southeast Pacific without there being implications for Russia. And Russia always has its own implications.
Hong Kong Voting
…And everyone else
…Lots of numbers and information
…Shows a British-Hong Kong colonial flag at the election poll in Hong Kong, more on-the-ground information
…Blogger: tension is Beijing’s policy.
…Academic rebuttal to an Australian analysis—that Taiwan is supposedly not important to the USSource: Pacific Daily Times
- Hackers Strike Hong Kong Democracy and Media Websites (theepochtimes.com)
- Hong Kong: 600,000 defy China in ‘vote’ for democracy (chinadailymail.com)
- Communist China Upset at Hong Kong Democracy Vote (theepochtimes.com)
- Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy “poll” in defiance of Beijing (trust.org)
- Hundreds of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy ‘poll’ in defiance of Beijing (pakistantoday.com.pk)
- Hong Kong’s Future – Analysis (eurasiareview.com)
- U.S. Surveillance Leaker Edward Snowden Has Few Options While in Apparent Hiding – But One Country Says It Would Consider an Asylum Request (theblaze.com)
- Asia’s Week: Hong Kong ‘Occupation’ and Tiananmen’s Ghost (forbes.com)
- Tiananmen anniversary has Hong Kong agonizing over its future (sacbee.com)
- Q. and A.: Anson Chan on Beijing’s Pressure Tactics in Hong Kong (sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com)
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