Politics Watch: Analyzing Xi’s Military Personnel Moves Before the ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal

◎ We believe that Xi’s personnel moves are designed to ensure troop loyalty as he will face greatly heightened political risks should he go ahead and approve the signing of the “phase one” deal. Irregular personnel moves (accelerated promotion [破格提拔], dismissals, investigations, etc.) in the People’s Liberation Army are usually closely connected with political developments. …

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