Geopolitics Watch: The CCP Turns to the Red Matrix in Full Court Press Against Trump

◎ Using the Red Matrix aggressively is a double-edged sword for the CCP when the U.S. is on high-alert for CCP influence and interference operations.

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Politics Watch: Xi Consolidates Control Over Spy Apparatus with Local Gov’t Reforms

◎ Xi reformed the chain of command of local national security agencies to wrest control of the intelligence apparatus from political rivals and further weaken the Political and Legal Affairs Commission.

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Politics Watch: Decoding Xi’s ‘Subdued’ Southern Tour

◎ The “subdued” media coverage of Xi’s southern tour and his other gestures in Guangdong is closely connected to the CCP factional struggle.

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