UNHCR's report on Xinjiang displays a shameful ignorance of Chinese history and the Chinese national character. It is not worth the paper it is printed on, peddling the big lie as the gospel truth, chockful of sinister speculations, projections and tainted testimony by alleged victims who live in America's pocket.
That is the in-your-face title of a new book by Dr. Tai P. Ng, a Chinese-Canadian who views geopolitics not through the lens of a parochial Chinese but from a planetary perspective. It is a serious effort by a serious student of China.
We were all wrong. I was wrong. What an anti-climax! What a relief! We all expected China to exercise its nuclear option and intercept Nancy Pelosi's plane or worse, to give her a reception she would never forget. But it did nothing of the sort.
Pelosi is on a tight rope. To save face, she might still drop in unofficially on Taipei. But, with her public climb-down, her loss of face can’t no longer be spinned into a moral victory. I understand that her plane has already taken off from Hawaii, but for security reasons its flight path is no longer trackable. The inescapable conclusion is that she has been cowed by China. Eyeball to eyeball, Pelosi is the first to blink.
Ever since I was in my diaper, NATO has always stood for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Now, suddenly, it has cancelled geography and poked its nose into Asia Pacific, as if we didn't have enough headaches here. It has corralled four Asia-Pacific countries into its orbit, with Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea as its new adjunct additions.
At long last, Boris, that bizarre Peppa Pig babbler, is going and almost gone—but definitely into the dustbin of history. For three years, he rampaged through the world's front pages, breaking laws, laughing at his own lies, covering up scandals, creating a string of his own, and bamboozling the British public in the process.
In less than 24 hours, Hong Kong will have a change of leadership. In the past, the SAR government has been guilty of a catalogue of missteps that are entirely avoidable, had it adhered to certain time-tested principles.
I am saddened to learn that you have decided not to seek a second term as head of the Commission. Despite your denial, you have no doubt been stampeded into this decision by the venomous attacks that followed your six-day visit to Xinjiang.