◎ On Nov. 2, Xi Jinping personally promoted Lt. General Zhang Shengmin to full general.
◎ The PAP reforms are helpful to Xi in two ways.
◎ North Korea may either launch a ballistic missile or carry out a nuclear test on the opening day of the Congress.
◎ Presenting our forecast for the Central Military Command reshuffle.
◎ Xi has spent the last five years consolidating his control over the military by instituting comprehensive reforms and reshuffling top personnel.
◎ Xi is looking to vest more power in his position as CMC chairman and dilute the authority of the vice chairs.
◎ Leading members of the People’s Armed Police, China’s paramilitary, toured a state-backed exhibition in Beijing on Oct. 6.
◎ Xi Jinping has been sweeping the top military rungs since August.
◎ The 19th Congress will be a watershed moment in the factional struggle between Xi Jinping and the Jiang Zemin faction.
◎ We wrote about Fang Fenghui’s involvement in a possible coup on Sept. 17. Two generals in China’s top military body planned to oust Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a military coup, according to a Hong Kong media report on Sept. 27. The two, former Chief of Joint Staff Fang Fenghui
◎ The elevation of Qin Tian to deputy commander of the People’s Armed Police signals the further decline of the Jiang faction’s influence.
◎ Contact us for more in-depth analysis of Xi Jinping’s military reforms.
◎ America has in recent decades been handling North Korea very carefully out of concern that China would intervene in the event of a conflict.
◎ Xi still faces resistance and sabotage from many Jiang faction loyalists in the military.