◎ 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.
◎ New Politburo member Yang Jiechi may become a State Council vice premier with a foreign affairs portfolio.
◎ On Nov. 2, Xi Jinping personally promoted Lt. General Zhang Shengmin to full general.