What the Purge of Former Xinjiang Officials Say About the ‘CCP-ification’ of China and Factional Politics
◎ The following analysis was first published in the April 8, 2021 edition of our subscriber-only SinoWeekly Plus newsletter. Subscribe to SinoInsider to view past analyses in our newsletter archive.
◎ We identify three broad strategic lines which the CCP is pursuing to hijack the discourse on Chinese influence.
◎ The CCP’s claim that migrants workers are returning home to partake in “entrepreneurship” is likely an attempt to put a positive spin on rising unemployment.
◎ Using the Red Matrix aggressively is a double-edged sword for the CCP when the U.S. is on high-alert for CCP influence and interference operations.
◎ Xi Jinping and Donald Trump likely find it to be in their interest to hold a summit at the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires.
◎ The midterm results should have little effect on influencing the Sino-U.S. trade war.
◎ Xi may be planning to make concessions on trade, but the CCP system may not let him give up too much.
◎ The Soviet Iron Curtain served to “block out” the West. The CCP’s Red Matrix works to “plug in” the world to a view of China that it controls.
◎ 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.