China names new representative in HK, but what next?
Interesting speculation. While I have reservations about this hypothesis given the Reuters report foreshadowing changes at the Liaison Office, if there is any truth to the idea, not only did the New Year's Day march turnout not fit their narrative and require police interference, it may have prompted an actual change. Well done to the participants of the protest (and of course voters too)!Although the decision to replace Wang may have been made in November, the choice of his successor seems to have been a last-minute decision. Luo turned 65 in October, the normal retirement age, and on Dec. 28 – seven days before his appointment as director of the Liaison Office – he was named vice chairman of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, a position often held by retired officials.
Question: What happened between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4? Answer: The New Year’s Day protest, which organizers reported was bigger than the June 9, 2019 march. That, following the unexpected electoral upset in late November, may have shocked Beijing into immediate action to relieve Wang of his post.
A 17-year-old student has been allowed to return to Britain to resume his studies after he allegedly damaged a wall at the MTR Prince Edward station on New Year's Eve.
Teen facing charge allowed to resume UK studies | The Standard