The fall of a Hong Kong leader


Top politics and current affairs news for February 22, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Chinese lab to study Ebola and other dangerous pathogens."

  • ‘Never have I seen a man fallen from so high,’ judge says as he sentences Donald Tsang to 20 months’ jail for misconduct / SCMP
    Hong Kong’s former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen 曾荫权 was sentenced to 30 months in jail for failing to disclose conflicts of interest. Tsang’s administration approved broadcast licenses for a company at the same time as he was negotiating over a penthouse apartment owned by a major shareholder of that company. The judge cut the jail term down to 20 months in recognition of Tsang’s public service. In the wake of the conviction, the South China Morning Post reports that there is fresh scrutiny on the business dealings of Hong Kong’s current chief executive, CY Leung 梁振英.  
  • Discipline investigations target universities and the Cyberspace Administration of China / People’s Daily (in Chinese)
    State media today prominently reported on a new round of disciplinary and anti-corruption investigations planned for 2017. The announcements repeatedly use a phrase that means something like “darkness hiding under a lamp” to refer to Party and state organizations that are supposed to be upholding Party norms but are, in fact, engaged in nefarious activities. There is also a focus on ideological purity. For a list of organizations that will be investigated, see here (in Chinese). Most are well-known universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua, but the “Leading Small Group” of the Cyberspace Administration of China, headed by Xi Jinping, is also targeted.