We looked inside some of the tweets by @petesweeneypro and here's what we found interesting.
Inside 100 Tweets
Reuters reported that Shenzhen police referred their reporter to the Global Times report when asking questions about Cheng’s case. Hu’s last line here blaming the media (but not himself) is rightly earning him plenty of scorn online https://twitter.com/huxijin_gt/status/1164458390052978688
This is precisely how extradition was going to be used against dissidents. Don't charge them with something political. Charge them with a sex crime. https://twitter.com/HuXijin_GT/status/1164458390052978688
Tried to make sense of the social media offensive that is coming out of China over what is happening in Hong Kong. We've got state media, Chinese celebrities, their high school-aged fans - everything! https://twitter.com/brendagoh_/status/1164476853844713472
People wonder why Thai growth is faltering, productivity is below its neighbours etc. This sort of thing is why 👇 https://twitter.com/pakhead/status/1164462852805029889
Agriculture may be the best window into how China's system works. The African swine fever epidemic story has it all: no rule of law, conflicting central and local government priorities, politicized reporting of data, big regional gaps, etc. etc. http://dimsums.blogspot.com/2019/08/why-did-african-swine-fever-spread-so.html
Note the Union Jack, not Stars and Stripes. https://twitter.com/rachel_cheung1/status/1164215301841383424
Tidbit in new story: Cathay employees are panicking about a huge Telegram channel with 13,000 people crowdsourcing info on protesting airline employees to hand to Chinese intelligence. @ShibaniMahtani @TMclaughlin3 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/paranoia-and-panic-at-cathay-pacific-chinas-threats-loom-over-one-of-asias-leading-airlines/2019/08/21/fba1d324-c3f2-11e9-8bf7-cde2d9e09055_story.html
At the same time dragging out all these students to howl at HKers on university campuses in Australia is a massive public relations own-goal, to my view.
But in my opinion the main mistake was to play to the nationalists on the mainland, make it about separatism, and use the T word. How can you fire Lam to appease "terrorists" or the CIA? This deepens visceral resentments between HKers and mainlanders. Not the way to govern.
Police investigations are tricky, but they are, in the end, HK government employees, and a third-party investigation might well exonerate the force and blame individuals. As for suffrage, tricky. But before this mess the pro-Beijing candidate probably would have won an election.
Whether the PAP goes in or not, consider how silly it is that things have gotten this far. There is nothing holding China back, for example, from blaming incompetent local officials for the mess i.e. Lam. They have a pre-written template for this.
President Xi had easy options to calm protests. Instead state media played the nationalist paranoia card; the army is on standby. That China would even consider sacrificing its prize financial centre shows economic pragmatism being overruled by anger. https://www.breakingviews.com/features/beijings-hong-kong-hard-line-threatens-everyone/?bved=MjQ=&bvshr=MTU3NzA3
Exactly. Very wishful thinking of Beijing and Lam if they think #antiELAB can be bought off with affordable housing trinkets. I do think mainland govt struggles to understand people for whom money really isn't everything. https://twitter.com/IlariaMariaSala/status/1164373558107070464
All, about *that* photo: some women in it are worried about repercussions for family members or Weibo attacks against them. So it would be good to stop retweeting it, and stop having all the list of names out. Report to twitter again and bear in mind these are extraordinary times
no reason to make a fuss urges smog
College Daily has gotten withering critiques w/i China as well. A feminist WeChat accnt tore into CD for only quoting Richard Liu re rape accusations ("she didn't express any strong resistance, indeed, she really liked it") w/o quoting victim at all. Presented his side as fact. https://twitter.com/tianyuf/status/1163996175390740480
The Golden Era of Friendship draws to an early close. Chinese guests laugh at UK bluster about joint declaration on TV programmes. Will UK still support Stock Connect programme, Chinese investment in nuclear etc?
This is also an implicit bet that Trump won't support UK.
So this does now look like a swipe at UK for alleged incitement. Beijing continues to make its low assessment of London's retaliatory capabilities clear. https://twitter.com/SijiaJ/status/1164081520249675781
Am I getting it right? State media China News Service invites bids for contracts of purchasing Twitter followers, paying some 1.25 million yuan for 580,000 followers. https://twitter.com/caolei1/status/1163776173320462336