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Mixing Desk JUN2021

PGM: Hong Kong handover anniversary, potential Tik Tok ban, mapping Russia’s conflict in Ukraine

Last week, it was the 25th anniversary of the British handover of Hong Kong, and China’s President Xi Jinping travelled to Hong Kong to mark the occasion. Dr Alex Bristow speaks to Primrose Riordan about the significance of the anniversary, the changes she has seen in Hong Kong over her time reporting from the city and the continuing impacts of the crackdown on dissent and the Hong Kong National Security Law.

In a letter to the CEOs of Apple and Google, the Commissioner for the United States Federal Communications Commission has called for TikTok to be removed from app stores, citing security concerns. Baani Grewal speaks to Fergus Ryan to discuss TikTok’s owner ByteDance, its ties to the Chinese government and the accessibility of users’ data by Chinese staff.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Nathan Ruser has been mapping the movements on the ground, including changes in territorial control. Late last month, we asked Nathan about how he approaches mapping these movements, including challenges with verification, and how the map has evolved as the conflict has continued.

Mentioned in this episode:
ASPI’s Ukraine Map Briefing:

Guests (in order of appearance):
Dr Alex Bristow:
Primrose Riordan:
Baani Grewal:
Fergus Ryan:
Olivia Nelson:
Nathan Ruser: