‘Phase one’ trade deal quick take; analyzing China’s 2019 GDP growth

SinoInsight  1   On Jan. 15, U.S. President Donald Trump and PRC vice premier Liu He signed “phase one” of the Sino-U.S. trade deal at a ceremony in the Oval Office. Over 200 people from business, diplomatic, and government circles attended the signing ceremony. According to a report by the Chinese edition of BBC, a total …

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Analyzing PRC commentary on the ‘phase one’ deal; Xi looks to ramp up the anti-corruption campaign

SinoInsight  1     On Jan. 13, the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection held its fourth plenary session. All members of the Politburo Standing Committee attended the meeting key conclave, and Xi Jinping delivered a speech. Noteworthy points in Xi’s speech include: 1. Xi stressed the need for continuous effort in cracking down on “tigers” …

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Analyzing the Taiwan elections; trouble in Shenzhen property market

SinoInsight  1  Taiwan held its presidential election on Jan. 11. Incumbent Republic of China leader Tsai Ing-wen retained the presidency by winning almost 8.2 million votes, or over 2.6 million more than her main rival, Kuomintang’s Han Kuo-yu. Tsai’s total vote tally was also more than any ROC leader since Taiwan elected its first president …

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China fails to confirm trade deal signing; death threats against Wang Liqiang and the Taiwan elections

SinoInsight  1   At a regular PRC foreign ministry press conference on Jan. 7, foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang was asked if he could confirm reports that PRC vice premier Liu He would be traveling to Washington on Jan. 13 to sign the “phase one” Sino-U.S. trade deal. Geng replied, “I’d refer you to the Ministry …

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The ‘People’s Leader’ and the ‘phase one’ deal; analyzing the Hong Kong Liaison Office personnel reshuffle

SinoInsight  1   On Jan. 1, the CCP ideological journal Qiushi published its first issue for 2020. Featured in the issue was a speech by Xi Jinping delivered at the closing of the Fourth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee on Oct. 31, 2019. In the speech, titled “Adhere to and Improve the Socialist System with …

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US trade deal pressure could trigger Black Swans in China; LGFV defaults risk triggering systemic crisis

SinoInsight  1  On Dec. 22, mainland media outlet The Economic Observer reported the default of a city investment bond issued by the local government in Zhaoling District in Henan’s Luohe City. The bond was issued by another city investment platform in Zhaoling and was guaranteed (accounts receivable of not less than 600 million yuan) by …

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