◎ Xi is likely seeking to strengthen his control over the military in a crucial period.
◎ China could see its international standing diminish as America and Taiwan draw closer and take firmer action to counter the CCP’s Taiwan strategy.
◎ Xi’s authority over the military is not stable.
◎ The People’s Armed Police reforms lack the flash of Xi’s more eye-catching moves to consolidate control.
◎ The Xi Jinping administration is mustering public opinion to pressure Chinese officials into supporting the constitutional changes.
◎ The appointment of Zhang Xudong and Yi Xiaoguang as deputy and commander of the CTC is revealing of Xi’s handling of military personnel reshuffling.
◎ Xi needs to groom a new military leadership core to safeguard against a possible coup attempt.
◎ In light of Fang’s investigation being made official on Jan. 9, we have made our full report available.
◎ We wrote in September 2017 that Fang Fenghui might be involved in a failed coup against the Xi Jinping leadership.
◎ Although the broader military structural reforms are done, the Xi administration will likely continue to reshuffle the senior military leadership frequently.