◎ 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.
Troop Reform Nearly Complete as Senior Commanders of Provincial Military Districts Join Regional Party Committees
◎ Although the broader military structural reforms are done, the Xi administration will likely continue to reshuffle the senior military leadership frequently.
◎ Xi may be demonstrating that he is in control over the military by speaking at the Jan. 3 mobilization.
◎ Kim Jong Un purging his former top advisor could unsettle his other senior officials.
◎ Wang Hongguang’s assessment suggests that China is getting prepared for American intervention in North Korea.
◎ The state explanation for Zhang’s death becomes unpersuasive in considering the lack of follow up statements from top military leaders and other intelligence and overseas reports.
◎ Xi could have implemented the border-interior swap move as a precautionary measure against potential military coups.