19TH PARTY CONGRESS
◎ The Qilin New Town development is the first “land king” to have stalled due to a lack of funding.
◎ Zhao Leji appears to have seamlessly picked up where Wang Qishan left off in the anti-corruption campaign.
◎ How state media positions Xi is a key benchmark of his actual political strength.
◎ We anticipate that many officials, including those considered to be untouchable, are going to be purged over the course of Xi’s second term in office.
◎ Based on our research, Song Tao may be a Xi protégé.
◎ Song’s trip to North Korea comes after the meeting between President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Beijing.
◎ The Jiang Zemin faction has long controlled the PLAC and the Chinese Communist Party’s domestic security apparatus.
◎ The leaner CMC confirms our analysis that Xi focused on consolidating his control over the military and ridding it of factional influence.
◎ On Nov. 2, Xi Jinping personally promoted Lt. General Zhang Shengmin to full general.
◎ Communist Party factions try to get their supporters into the top provincial leadership office to grow their influence.
◎ The new work report requirement for Politburo members clearly sets Xi above the rest of the Politburo Standing Committee.
◎ China’s future trajectory can be decoded if observers understand two key issues.
◎ Xi Jinping emerged from the Congress with his trusted allies in key positions and a greatly elevated political status.
◎ Companies that choose to invest in Chinese officials are engaging in a high-risk venture.