◎ Twenty-one provinces are projecting lower growth as compared to their real GDP growth for 2017.
◎ The vice presidency has emerged as a focal point in an intense factional struggle (neidou) in the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party.
◎ Xi Jinping could bring back trusted ally and seasoned troubleshooter Wang Qishan ahead of schedule to help even the odds.
◎ Trump’s NSS correctly identifies the challenge posed by “competitor” China to America’s domestic security and global influence.
◎ There is a rising probability that China will face charging gray rhinos and encounter black swans in 2018.
◎ When talking about China, President Donald Trump usually brings up his cordial friendship with Xi Jinping.
◎ The relationship between China and North Korea is at its lowest point since the founding of both communist regimes.
◎ A modernized PLA utilizing asymmetrical hybrid warfare tactics will pose a credible threat to America.
◎ The leaner CMC confirms our analysis that Xi focused on consolidating his control over the military and ridding it of factional influence.