Hong Kong

Massive pro-China troll response met Rockets GM's Hong Kong tweet

Three people in Hong Kong in front of a sign that says "stand with Morley" hanging on a wall.
Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

After Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong protesters, he received just under 170,000 angry tweets in response. But an analysis by experts at the Wall Street Journal suggests a massive chunk of the outrage came from a coordinated effort by sham accounts.

Why it matters: It's not immediately clear that the response effort was run by the Chinese government — though, at the numbers involved, that seems likely. But if it was a government-led effort, it marks a substantial change in China's modus operandi in dealing with global news events.

Hong Kong leader suspends key speech being jeered by lawmakers

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam  leaves the chamber after trying to give her annual policy address
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam (2nd L) is heckled as she leaves the chamber for a second time Wednesday. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam aborted her annual policy address after being heckled Wednesday by opposition lawmakers in the Chinese territory's legislature.

Why it matters: Lam had planned to formally withdraw the controversial extradition bill that triggered months of massive protests that have crippled the Asian financial hub. Per the BBC, the legislative suspension after Lam was twice interrupted by the opposition lawmakers means the bill could not be formally withdrawn.