◎ We believe that the CCP is suspecting that the U.S. has decided to use the Falun Gong issue against the PRC.
◎ Whenever the CCP admits to something, the reality is usually much worse than what is admitted.
◎ Since the time of Mao Zedong, it has been in the Chinese Communist DNA to treat the West as its ultimate enemy, engagement or no engagement.
◎ The CCP is especially vulnerable to attacks on its human rights record.
◎ We believe that the CCP is only making a tactical retreat in Hong Kong.
◎ We offer seven points of response to an open letter on U.S. policy on China by a hundred U.S. scholars, former diplomats and military officials, and business leaders.
◎ There are several questionable details about the legislature break-in incident.
◎ The Trump-Kim DMZ meeting somewhat cancels out China’s diplomatic effort in Pyongyang before the G20 summit in Osaka.
◎ Unless Xi resolves factional politics at home, China and the U.S. will find it very hard to get a trade deal.
◎ Xi is reasserting his paramount authority in the face of political pushback.
◎ The CCP’s aggression extended beyond populations within China and along its borders.
◎ Should current trends hold, the Trump-Xi meeting at the G20 will likely do little to prevent an escalation of the Sino-U.S. “new cold war.”
◎ A Sino-U.S. cold war is unavoidable and will be a zero-sum competition.
◎ President Trump, still addressing the consequences of the earlier unconsummated events, faces a new situation as the people of Hong Kong defy Beijing’s further erosion of their guaranteed rights of limited self-government.