Keith Zhai

Keith Zhai

@QiZHAI

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Special Correspondent @Reuters. I write about China and beyond. The usual disclaimer.

Keith.Zhai@thomsonreuters.com
Joined on March 28, 2009
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Graduation equals unemployment? Not true. With the latest instruction from the education ministry, Chinese university students, as long as they can open a blog on Wechat (which everybody can), will be counted as they’re employed. https://t.co/gGpO2qa850

Graduation equals unemployment? Not true. With the latest instruction from the education ministry, Chinese university students, as long as they can open a blog on Wechat (which everybody can), will be counted as they’re employed. https://t.co/gGpO2qa850

Does Beijing realize how profoundly its recent actions could shape global politics? "[India] will end up as one of the frontline states which will have to step up to contain Chinese power...[it] has no choice but to deepen its partnerships with... the US" https://t.co/xLWaexDBys

Australia to spend $270b building larger military to prepare for 'poorer, more dangerous' world and rise of China https://t.co/7VjbGYXdli

From another discontented borderland...new research shows long before Xinjiang was covered in cameras, Chinese hackers built huge amounts of malware targeting Uighurs. Beginning in 2015, the campaign shows hacking was an early cornerstone of surveillance. https://t.co/ri9OPgGBvb

After all, the HK issues are no longer HK issues. It’s about the two super powers. END

Whether the business communities and investors would believe this or not remains as a question, but it’s in Beijing’s interests to have a stable HK. That said, Chinese in general want stability, and there’s a tendency that they think others also want the same. 9

To be sure, business communities won’t be hurt much as of now. Ideally Beijing wants to restore the early colonial style Hong Kong that has zero political freedom but enjoys great economic freedom. 8

One may argue the current CE is weak and won’t be able to handle the power and pressure, but bare in mind that the party always think long run. The current CE will not be the one to implement everything, she’s the one to layout the ground, or to take the blames.

The new law empowered the Chief Executive to an unprecedented level. Legislature is likely to remain largely independent, but the executive will be 100% and a core part of the judiciary will be under the umbrella of the CE. 6

From 1997 until now, the city’s power structure groomed to one that’s different from early British colonial time, when the governor had bigger power compared to the modern Chief Executive.

Previously, or Since 1997, the city enjoyed an unique status of rather independent trias politica. There’s a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary, and they are separated one from the other. 4

The legislation is a game changer, not because the law itself, not because how tough or how greedy it is, but because the way it changed the power structure of the city, fundamentally.

But the same party also knows how to control power. I can’t think of another party in the world knows how to play the game of power better than the Communist Party. And, Politics is about power. 2

THREAD: I would like to talk about the issue of HK from the aspect of power. People who used to the Western democratic system always find the Communist Party is weak as they don’t know how to engage with the general public, that argument is not entirely wrong. 1

Our preliminary summary and analysis of the new law is here: https://t.co/HvH9rSyOYg

New via @reuters - Thousands of U.S. judges who broke laws or oaths remained on the bench. Among them: an Alabama judge who unlawfully jailed hundreds of poor people, many of them Black, over traffic fines. https://t.co/miTc1pqLnB via @SpecialReports

A power struggle for #Spain’s best-selling newspaper is coming to a head and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will be watching closely https://t.co/n0eEpkNqob via @bpolitics @el_pais @elpaisinenglish @sanchezcastejon @rorihuela

10am EST today - join the @CSIS talk on my new book China: The Bubble that Never Pops w/ @KennedyCSIS , Ann Rutledge, Logan Wright, Helge Berger, and Joyce Chang 

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10am EST today - join the @CSIS talk on my new book China: The Bubble that Never Pops w/ @KennedyCSIS , Ann Rutledge, Logan Wright, Helge Berger, and Joyce Chang https://t.co/tpwF8SvKF4 https://t.co/faPyS96X5C https://t.co/nYvV9ua3CK

ALIBABA'S <BABA.N> LAZADA SET TO ANNOUNCE NEW GROUP CEO AS EARLY AS ON FRIDAY-SOURCES LAZADA CEO PIERRE POIGNANT WILL BE REPLACED BY CHUN LI, CO-PRESIDENT OF LAZADA AND HEAD OF INDONESIA OPERATIONS-SOURCES. SCOOP via @f_potkin @Reuters

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