◎ 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.
◎ The CCP is adjusting its propaganda to lay the foundation for subsequent trade negotiations with America.
◎ The CCP would find it increasingly difficult to exert control over Chinese society if it cannot pay civil servants.
◎ According to reports, Guangdong mayor Ma Xingrui was recently in Hainan Province making preparations to take over the post of Party secretary.
◎ Wu Xiaohui was a “white glove” for many Party elites.
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◎ Beijing would find that it cannot cut the trade deficit only through importing U.S. goods.
◎ North Korea’s “shock” move is hardly surprising.
◎ Wang Qishan is the third-ranking member of the CCP Foreign Affairs Commission.
◎ Trump’s ZTE tweet suggests that our read of America and China making good progress in trade talks is correct.
◎ The Trump administration still has cards to play to keep pressuring the CCP.
◎ Beijing has the incentive to make trade concessions to prevent a deterioration of relations with America.
◎ The telephone call between Mike Pompeo and Yang Jiechi corroborates our assessment of the Sino-U.S. trade talks and more.