China’s central state broadcaster CCTV aka CGTN has an employee in London named Kǒng Línlín 孔琳琳, who has been in the news for screaming and slapping a delegate at a British Conservative Party event. Today, Hong Kong Free Press reports that Kong has been charged with assault by British police:
West Midlands Police confirmed to HKFP that Kong, aged 48 from Kings Cross, London had been charged and will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on November 7.
- For details about the incident that led to Kong’s charges, see SupChina: Why state media fails to make China look good.
- If this topic interests you, also worth a read is Confined discourse management and localised interactions in the Nordics by the pseudonymous China scholar Jichang Lulu. He looks at examples in Sweden, Norway, and Greenland that show some of the ways Party “discourse management” goes wrong.