◎ Ideological confrontation is anathema to today’s CCP because the Marxism-Leninism it enshrines is a bankrupt creed responsible for the killing and oppression of hundreds of millions.
◎ Critics say that the Trump administration has no China strategy. An appraisal of the Trump administration’s China moves since 2017 reveals the exact opposite.
◎ We identify three broad strategic lines which the CCP is pursuing to hijack the discourse on Chinese influence.
◎ The Soviet Iron Curtain served to “block out” the West. The CCP’s Red Matrix works to “plug in” the world to a view of China that it controls.
◎ Kim may want a second meeting with Trump sooner rather than later.
◎ Xi’s policies and personnel changes have combined to curb the PLAC’s authority and weaken its influence.
◎ We believe that the Singapore summit could still be held in June.
◎ With the Sino-U.S. trade talks concluded, North Korea could quietly revert to a more agreeable tone.
◎ Trump’s ZTE tweet suggests that our read of America and China making good progress in trade talks is correct.
◎ An examination of the financial state of Chinese provincial in 2017 suggests that China cannot withstand a trade war.