A cycle of escalation at the Sino-Indian border; beware the CCP’s COVID control & vaccine boasts

SinoInsight  1   On Sept. 10, PRC foreign minister Wang Yi and Indian foreign minister S. Jaishankar convened in Moscow for two hours on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting. According to news reports, both sides reached a five-point consensus to de-escalate tensions at the Sino-Indian border and restore “peace and tranquility.” A PRC …

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The CCP slams US ‘racial discrimination’ over revoked visas; China’s ‘economic recovery’ illusions & risks

SinoInsight  1  Recently, the CCP made several moves and released data that indicate a broader “opening up” of China’s economy. Around the same period, the CCP took actions that suggest a leftward shift. ‘Opening up’  Sept. 2 The China Central Depository & Clearing Co., Ltd. released data showing that it held 2.46955 trillion yuan ($361.341 …

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The CCP uses the Chinese people as hostages; China’s mythical ‘mega-scale markets’ advantage

SinoInsight  1 The CCP recently “softens” its confrontational rhetoric surrounding the U.S. and certain hot button issues, but pushes back strongly against the Trump administration’s effort to differentiate between the Chinese people and the CCP. Concurrently, the Trump administration continues to ramp up pressure against the CCP regime. PRC Aug. 27 When asked to comment …

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Hype over China’s latest efforts to develop domestic chips is overblown; recent provincial reshuffles & Xi’s political position

SinoInsight  1  This week saw four provincial-ministerial level personnel reshuffles in five Chinese provinces (Liaoning, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Jiangxi): On Aug. 31, Luo Xiaoyun (age 55), head of the Jiangxi Water Resources Department, was promoted to deputy governor of Jiangxi Province. On Sept. 1, Tianjin mayor Zhang Guoqing (56) replaced the retiring Chen Qiufa …

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The CCP keeps chipping away at HK’s freedoms; basic level gov’ts plagued by financial shortages

SinoInsight  1   The CCP continues to chip away at Hong Kong’s freedoms with arrests, targeting media outlets and prominent individuals, and attacks against a persecuted religious group. Meanwhile, the United States signals it is prepared to push back against the CCP’s abuses in Hong Kong, particularly those perpetuated under the new National Security Law (NSL), …

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Why CCP uber-hawk Hu Xijin is no longer ‘anti-US’; what the ‘Xi-Li split’ reveals about the PRC

SinoInsight  1  This week, the CCP sent out unusually “hawkish” and “dovish” messages to the United States. On Aug. 24, state mouthpiece Xinhua ran a scathing 33,000-word article “fact-checking” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s July 23 speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. The piece was republished in Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, and ran for …

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China’s financial ‘derisking’ policies create greater risks; the CCP shoots itself in the foot with ‘decoupling’ rhetoric

SinoInsight  1  On Aug. 16, CCP ideological journal Qiushi published a piece by China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission chairman and Party secretary Guo Shuqing on preventing and resolving financial risks (堅定不移打好防範化解金融風險攻堅戰). Guo noted that China’s banking sector incurred 2.7 trillion yuan (about $390 billion) of non-performing loans in 2019. As for China’s financial system, …

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Xi’s ‘rectification’ of the political & legal affairs apparatus continues; ‘quit the Party,’ says expelled CCP princeling

SinoInsight  1   On Aug. 18, the CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced the investigation of Shanghai Public Security Bureau head Gong Daoan. A rectification campaign of the regime’s political and legal affairs apparatus has been underway since the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission (CPLAC) called for “scraping poison away from the bones’-style …

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Embattled Xi stresses ‘absolute leadership’ over the PLA; delayed ‘phase one’ trade deal meeting signals trouble in Beidaihe

SinoInsight  1   On Aug. 11, the South China Morning Post reported that the CCP instructed its military personnel “‘not to fire the first shot’ as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea,” citing sources familiar with the matter. The Post’s sources also said that “Beijing had ordered pilots …

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Arrest of HK activists distracts from strengthening US-Taiwan ties; Xi’s talk of ‘wasting food’ affirms food crisis

SinoInsight  1   Sino-U.S. “new cold war” considerations shaped events in Taiwan and Hong Kong earlier this week, as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Czech Republic: Aug. 10 U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar touchdowned in Taiwan for a three-day trip. Azar is the first senior U.S. official to visit Taiwan in …

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