◎ 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.
◎ China’s top military brass was very likely summoned to Beijing for the study seminar to declare their loyalty to Xi Jinping following the death of Zhang Yang.
◎ Given the very tense North Korean situation, Chinese citizens along the Sino-North Korean border are paying closer attention to military activity in their area.
◎ From China’s perspective, its number one priority is neutralizing the nuclear facilities near the Chinese border to prevent the possibility of a nuclear detonation.
◎ The spike in senior military official suicides suggests that they are afraid of being punished for their past offenses.