◎ 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.
◎ 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.