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Pete Sweeney

Pete Sweeney

@petesweeneypro

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Editor, reporter, columnist @Reuters. My articles are personal opinions. Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Washington. RT = interest

Hong Kong/Shanghai/Beijing/DC
Joined on March 2012

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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Pete Sweeney
12 hours ago

Note the Union Jack, not Stars and Stripes. https://twitter.com/rachel_cheung1/status/1164215301841383424 

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Gerry Shih
14 hours ago

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 

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Pete Sweeney
13 hours ago

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.

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Pete Sweeney
13 hours ago

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.

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Pete Sweeney
13 hours ago

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.

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Pete Sweeney
13 hours ago

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.

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Pete Sweeney
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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 

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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 

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Ilaria Maria Sala
16 hours ago

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

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no reason to make a fuss urges smog

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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 

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If Donald Trump is looking around for an alternative target to Greenland, he could do worse than a lob in a bid for the United Kingdom, @gfhay writes: https://bit.ly/2HjNlo5 

If Donald Trump is looking around for an alternative target to Greenland, he could do worse than a lob in a bid for the United Kingdom, @gfhay writes: https://bit.ly/2HjNlo5 

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Pete Sweeney
1 day ago

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.

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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 

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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 

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