A great set of answers to those terrible interview questions.
You’ll hear plenty more about Jing-Jin-Ji, I’m sure.
[linking] Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei into [a] city the size of Uruguay and as populous as Japan
As usual, China has incredibly aggressive plans for its own development. Few nations come close to expressing this kind of strategy let alone execute it.
Some interesting photos from a collection taken in the 70s in colour (unusually).
Extraordinary voting result. Why did only eight pro-Beijing-plan lawmakers vote Yes? Worried about their future from both directions?
[update] the answer from Reddit.
- Bill is taken to vote because nobody requested to speak
- Pro-gov’t camp want to wait for Lau Wong Fat before voting proceed. Their strategy is based on the rule that at least 35 members have to be in the hall before a bill can be put to a vote. If not enough members are present, the chairman will have to put up a PA bell to ask for members to return to the hall. If there still is not enough people in 15 minutes, the meeting will be adjourned. Pro-gov’t camp want to take this 15 min so that Lau can return to the LegCo.
- Pro-gov’t camp members proceed to leave the hall, but apparently due to ‘communication error’, 8 members didn’t get the memo, so 28 pan-dem + 8 pro-gov’t are still in the hall.
- 36>35, so voting proceed with 28 against and 8 for. The bill is vetoed.
What a splendid irony. Gaming a voting system fails to introduce a gamed voting system.
A simply astonishing article. The current state of development viewed through a potted history. Note: it is a very long read, but well worth it.