◎ Xi reformed the chain of command of local national security agencies to wrest control of the intelligence apparatus from political rivals and further weaken the Political and Legal Affairs Commission.
◎ Qiu Shuiping, former chief justice of the high court in Shanxi, was appointed Party secretary of Peking University.
◎ The “subdued” media coverage of Xi’s southern tour and his other gestures in Guangdong is closely connected to the CCP factional struggle.
◎ We believe that the expulsion of Fang Fenghui and Zhang Yang from the CCP is connected with the recent purge of Interpol chief Meng Hongwei.
◎ There are hints that the Meng Hongwei case is connected with a “soft coup” against the Xi leadership.
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◎ The tax and social security reform will sharply increase the financial burden of Chinese firms.
◎ Based on our research and understanding of the CCP, the more tightly it controls society, the more it feels imperiled.
◎ China’s economy would be in a precarious position if U.S. tariffs completely eliminate the trade deficit.
◎ The CCP is putting on a show for the Chinese people with its retaliatory duties.
◎ The outbreak of the Sino-U.S. trade war has exposed the CCP’s fear that America would escalate their conflicts on the ideological front.
◎ The trade war forces Xi and the CCP to face an intractable political contradiction.
◎ The exchange between the finance ministry and central bank exposes deeply-rooted institutional problems in the Chinese regime.
◎ Xi’s policies and personnel changes have combined to curb the PLAC’s authority and weaken its influence.