Reporter @qz covering geopolitics & business in Asia, and Hong Kong. Trail runner. mhui@qz.com

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Joined March 2009
In parallel with its severe crackdown on civil society, the Hong Kong govt is increasingly speaking the CCP's authoritarian language. Together w/ @dkopf, we analysed 165K govt statements over 10yrs to chart the authoritarian turn of HK's official rhetoric: qz.com/1942410/chinas-author…
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Are the silent privileged Russians are complicit with the regime? They will not understand that question. Governance through feeding is a political tool, but it depoliticises the beneficiaries. The political outcry is about being fed badly not citizenry rights, democracy, justice
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Therefore political imagination and agency is closely associated and tied to consumerism. This is why we had McDonalds and tourist visa outcries, but more silence about the genocide. Does it mean that there is opposition? Yes, small - could grow. Their problem is not only
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Mary Hui retweeted
Health minister Lo Chung-mau on TVB, asked if govt policies on opening up were in contradiction to his "going to hell together" cm, he said: "Many old ppl have died, you can ask where those 9000-ish people had went" - presumably a ref to HK covid deaths news.tvb.com/tc/local/632fcb…
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Mary Hui retweeted
Funny how Hong Kong Twitter is celebrating like winning the World Cup. Hotel quarantine has been scrapped. But COVID regulations affecting daily life (eg group gathering ban) and small businesses (eg spot checks leading to dine-in ban) are stricter than they ever were in 2020
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Hong Kong officials sitting down stand up to a new definition of lying flat
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There is a concern among onshore elites that China's shocking trade success will increasingly become the country's geopolitical liability. If Beijing remains unwilling or unable to boost domestic demand, the surging trade imbalance will only lead to more conflicts and distrust.
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Yet there was also a doofus element to their work. In China much of this is part automated. In Russia, much was done by hand. Elaborate flow charts mapped the social media accounts of key figures and media sites, describing them as oppositional, neutral or pro government.
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Europe risks replacing dependence Russian oil and gas with reliance on Chinese solar panels. And both autocracies have proven more than willing to weaponize economic relations for political goals: qz.com/europe-russia-energy-…
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Getting hungry just looking at Japan's CPI data. Bean jam buns, curry buns, udon, somen, mochi... e-stat.go.jp/en/dbview?sid=0…
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Out of curiosity I wanted to see which noodles in Japan are the most inflation resistant (for now). Looks like it's somen, fine wheat noodles🍜
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"Russians have grown so accustomed to the idea of being detained that one pet shelter that funds itself by selling apparel created T-shirts showing children playing outside a school bus that is actually...[a] vehicle riot police use" to transport detainees nytimes.com/live/2022/09/21/…
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"I'm making love, not dreams." As photographed in Hong Kong this month. HK protesters have widely referred to protesting as "dreaming." Small black font above says: "Speed up the arrests of black shirters [protesters] & [protest group] Returning Valiant." instagram.com/p/Ciwh7tzvejU/…
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Mary Hui retweeted
Unpopular opinion: Of all the reasons to criticise CCP cadres (and there are many), wearing face-masks while attending an indoor gathering isn't one of them.
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look, folks, i am against restrictive NPIs & mandates at this point in time, but if you're going to try to interpret that as "do nothing" or try to convince me that "it's over, do nothing", kindly go away.
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Meanwhile, Chinese media this week is full of stories about Chinese battery firms accelerating their "going out" push by setting up factories in Europe. Svolt just announced plans for a new German plant this week, following CATL's announcement of a plant in Hungary last month.
This is big: German carmaker Opel has abandoned plans to enter the Chinese market, citing geopolitical tensions handelsblatt.com/unternehmen…
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Mary Hui retweeted
❓Power of Siberia 2 🇷🇺: It will replace Nord Stream 2 bit.ly/3Uc6lJ0 🇨🇳-based expert told Reuters: "Fundamentally we see little support for it to materialise before 2030 as China has secured enough supplies by then," reut.rs/3Bnjkiw
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Outside the HK British Consulate: "Hong Kongers never naively saw the Queen as a saint. Hong Kong cherishes the memory of the Queen because the HK under your jurisdiction represented a glorious time, a free era...you were the beacon of freedom, the epitome of civilisation."
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"Hong Kong National Anthem"
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In this comment kindly hosted by @ASPI_org I discuss the crucial role of foreign R&D collaboration within the context of 🇨🇳’s strategy to cut its tech dependencies. I highlight some examples from 🇩🇪—photoresists, gas turbines, brain-computer interface research. Thanks @He_Shumei!
Foreign collaboration continues in China’s drive for technology self-reliance | @RebeccaArcesati | bit.ly/3eSwkoQ
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