The Patrimony

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Tag: China

Putin’s gesture

by fpman

Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around Peng Liyuan, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife at the APEC summit yesterday.

Sigh. Boring.

Yawn.

What…? This counts as big news somewhere, somehow? The Guardian explains how:

“The incident, at a performance linked to this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, was originally shown on state TV and spread online as a forwarded video. But it was soon scrubbed clean from the internet in China, reflecting the intense control authorities exert over any material about the country’s leaders while also pointing to cultural differences over what is considered acceptable behaviour in public.

“China is traditionally conservative on public interaction between unrelated men and women, and the public show of consideration by Putin may provide fodder for jokes, which the big boss probably does not like,” said the Beijing-based historian and independent commentator Zhang Lifan.”

Very interesting. So the censors partly get the blame for this.

Not all the blame though. Some of Western media is in overdrive now to frame what happened either as a “PUTIN GAFFE” or as “CHINESE CENSORSHIP” or both.

Russia’s English-language media in return talks about… hold your breath…

…still hold your breath…

…still hold it…

…SHAWL CHIVALRY!

By the way, from RT’s article linked above you can also learn that Vladimir Putin engaged in similar shawl chivalry at the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg last year, on Angela Merkel in that case.

Alright, back to lazy times. Just chillin’.

The “familiar” aspect of the Hong Kong protests

by AiteVer

Today is Monday, which – as we know – is horrible for so many reasons. One of those reasons is that today is the deadline for retreat the authorities have given for the protesters of the movement ‘Occupy Central’ in Hong Kong.

The protests started on September 28, 2014 when the Chinese government failed to accept the agreed changes to the electoral rules for the upcoming elections in 2017. There is a great summary of the background and causes here. If you need more, and even more, information, check out this video, and also this video, and for some truly geeky delicacies: this article. And then come back and see why we are writing about this.

Since the cause for the civil unrest was the electoral reform, much of the discourse has focused on Chief Executive CY Leung (Leung Chun-ying), who yesterday did not answer to questions… that he could not be asked. “689”, as he is called after the number of votes he got from the electoral committee back in China, is generally pictured as a corrupt leader who is way too close to Beijing in mindset to effectively run Hong Kong. No wonder it broke the news when his eccentric daughter, Chai Yan Leung, thanked the taxpayers for paying for her shoes, bags and jewelry. Yes, you heard that right. In response to her critics on Facebook she said:

“This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!)”

Talkin’ about the difficulties of effective political communication once relatives become involved!

Or… not mere relatives but “princesses,” anyway… (according to her Facebook profile pic as shown here).

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