◎ The Central Military Commission (CMC) has dispatched four special discipline inspection groups to probe key military units, academies, and the CMC itself.
◎ Two-thirds of department heads in the CMC have been replaced in the past 20 months.
◎ Purged military members are often replaced by people who owe their promotions to Xi.
◎ Whoever controls the military sets the agenda in the CCP.
◎ We have reason to believe that N. Korea’s nuclear provocations are orchestrated by Xi’s factional rivals who are Kim’s Chinese political backers.
◎ Jia Tingan has been left out of the official list of delegates to the upcoming 19th Party Congress.
◎ North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3 took place just hours before Xi Jinping addressed leaders of BRICS countries in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
◎ The abrupt promotion of Miao by Xi is consistent with changing personnel trends in the Chinese military.
◎ The Chinese media is finally getting a better sense of the scale of Xi Jinping’s military reform.
◎ The new Sino-US military agreement could serve several purposes.
◎ The Chinese military has stepped up security in the Chinese provinces bordering North Korea after Kim Jong Un’s sixth nuclear test.