◎ The current situation for Xi and the CCP is bleak in light of the “perfect storm” of domestic and foreign problems facing the regime.
◎ Factional fighting in the CCP elite will complicate the digital currency’s implementation.
◎ Ideological confrontation is anathema to today’s CCP because the Marxism-Leninism it enshrines is a bankrupt creed responsible for the killing and oppression of hundreds of millions.
◎ Critics say that the Trump administration has no China strategy. An appraisal of the Trump administration’s China moves since 2017 reveals the exact opposite.
◎ The current Sino-U.S. conflict is not just a trade war or a tech war, but a critical battle of ideology, value systems, and morality.
◎ The following analysis was first published in the July 16 edition of our subscriber-only SinoWeekly Plus newsletter. Subscribe to SinoInsider to view past analyses in our newsletter archive.
Politics Watch: Hong Kong’s NatSec Set Up Signals ‘Supra-authority’ Status of the CCP’s NatSec Commission
◎ Xi and the CCP can use the Hong Kong national security law for both offensive and defensive purposes.
◎ The Hong Kong national security law is a double-edged sword for Xi in the factional struggle and could serve as a catalyst for political Black Swans.
◎ Both the PRC and the U.S. likely recognized at the Hawaii meeting that there is no off-ramp from the “new cold war.”