The Apple Daily Is No More

 

Today’s edition will be the last for Hong Kong’s Apple Daily. Police raids, the arrest of top executives, and the harassment of many other employees have brought the paper to the point where, for the safety of hundreds of employees, they felt they could no longer continue. The pressure to toe the Xi line or fold has been ratcheting since China imposed a draconian security law on Hong Kong, abrogating Beijing’s treaty with London when London ceded sovereignty of the island. The fragility of Xi’s rule is underscored by his terror of an honest and free press. More from the Epoch Time.

Bless the management and staff of the Apple Daily, and their leader Jimmy Lai. Their paper is gone, but the fight continues.

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  1. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks
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    To support the history and freedoms of the old Hong Kong and deplore what China has done smacks of an endorsement of colonialism. Better to let it go and look away. Admitting that British rule, and the society is built, is superior to CCP rule, would imply a hierarchy, and such things are not to be discussed.

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  2. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    From my own blog, back in March.

     

    https://rushbabe49.com/2021/03/05/hong-kong-is-fading-away-as-a-bastion-of-liberty/

     

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  3. Chris Williamson Member
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    Next stop: Taiwan. One country, one system.

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  4. Sisyphus Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To support the history and freedoms of the old Hong Kong and deplore what China has done smacks of an endorsement of colonialism. Better to let it go and look away. Admitting that British rule, and the society is built, is superior to CCP rule, would imply a hierarchy, and such things are not to be discussed.

    The collapse of Hong Kong’s financial services sector will not serve Beijing well.

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  5. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To support the history and freedoms of the old Hong Kong and deplore what China has done smacks of an endorsement of colonialism. Better to let it go and look away. Admitting that British rule, and the society is built, is superior to CCP rule, would imply a hierarchy, and such things are not to be discussed.

    The collapse of Hong Kong’s financial services sector will not serve Beijing well.

    I always felt Hong Kong was a blot on Margaret Thatcher’s record.

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  6. Sisyphus Member
    Sisyphus
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    Taras (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To support the history and freedoms of the old Hong Kong and deplore what China has done smacks of an endorsement of colonialism. Better to let it go and look away. Admitting that British rule, and the society is built, is superior to CCP rule, would imply a hierarchy, and such things are not to be discussed.

    The collapse of Hong Kong’s financial services sector will not serve Beijing well.

    I always felt Hong Kong was a blot on Margaret Thatcher’s record.

    She was shocked when Mao refused to extend the lease on generous terms. I am not sure how she could have brought him around even arm and arm with the other allied powers.

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  7. kedavis Member
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    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To support the history and freedoms of the old Hong Kong and deplore what China has done smacks of an endorsement of colonialism. Better to let it go and look away. Admitting that British rule, and the society is built, is superior to CCP rule, would imply a hierarchy, and such things are not to be discussed.

    The collapse of Hong Kong’s financial services sector will not serve Beijing well.

    I always felt Hong Kong was a blot on Margaret Thatcher’s record.

    She was shocked when Mao refused to extend the lease on generous terms. I am not sure how she could have brought him around even arm and arm with the other allied powers.

    Those guys – Mao, Xi.. – always seem to think they can take over and it will stay just the same, producing lots of money for the regime, etc.

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  8. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    To support the history and freedoms of the old Hong Kong and deplore what China has done smacks of an endorsement of colonialism. Better to let it go and look away. Admitting that British rule, and the society is built, is superior to CCP rule, would imply a hierarchy, and such things are not to be discussed.

    The collapse of Hong Kong’s financial services sector will not serve Beijing well.

    I always felt Hong Kong was a blot on Margaret Thatcher’s record.

    She was shocked when Mao refused to extend the lease on generous terms. I am not sure how she could have brought him around even arm and arm with the other allied powers.

    Those guys – Mao, Xi.. – always seem to think they can take over and it will stay just the same, producing lots of money for the regime, etc.

    The 99-year lease was for the so-called New Territories, not Hong Kong proper, which had been ceded to the U.K. in perpetuity.  

    One ingenious suggestion was to turn over the New Territories to the Republic of China (i.e., Taiwan) but I think the Western powers had already made the stupid and dishonorable decision to transfer recognition from the ROC to Red China.

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  9. Sisyphus Member
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    Taras (View Comment):
    The 99-year lease was for the so-called New Territories, not Hong Kong proper, which had been ceded to the U.K. in perpetuity.

    I had forgotten that bit. Thank you for the correction.

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