◎ 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.
◎ We wrote earlier that Kim may be rejecting Xi’s authority and is still in alliance with the Jiang Zemin faction.
◎ Ren Shaolong, the deputy director of the Central Military Commission’s (CMC) Office for Strategic Planning, was reportedly taken away secretly and investigated.
◎ A modernized PLA utilizing asymmetrical hybrid warfare tactics will pose a credible threat to America.
◎ 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.