◎ 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.
◎ The spike in senior military official suicides suggests that they are afraid of being punished for their past offenses.
◎ Fang Fenghui and Zhang Yang were both considered favorite candidates for the CMC vice chair spots at the 19th Party Congress until their sudden vanishment at the end of August.
◎ Ren Shaolong, the deputy director of the Central Military Commission’s (CMC) Office for Strategic Planning, was reportedly taken away secretly and investigated.
◎ The CMC is looking to intimidate potential opposition elements in the military.
◎ We anticipate that many officials, including those considered to be untouchable, are going to be purged over the course of Xi’s second term in office.
◎ Xi Jinping’s strict regulation of senior military cadres represents a rejection of Jiang era practices.
◎ The U.S. drills are likely aimed at sending a message to North Korea.
◎ The current PLA civilian service is modeled after the United States military’s civilian service.
◎ The new leading group for advancing law-based governance will eventually render the PLAC redundant as the rule of law and constitutionalism starts taking priority over Party rule.
◎ The leaner CMC confirms our analysis that Xi focused on consolidating his control over the military and ridding it of factional influence.