The downfall of Sun Lijun and Fu Zhenghua appears to be connected to Xi’s effort at marginalizing and securing a decisive victory against the Jiang faction.
Biden has edged back to the accommodation policies of the Clinton and Obama administrations.
The Biden team seems to believe it can achieve a kind of Cool War modus vivendi with Beijing.
Xi’s crackdowns and strengthening of Party control are driven by political necessity.
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◎ The need is even more critical after Biden’s callous and calamitous abandonment of Afghanistan in stark violation of his administration’s professed commitment to human rights and multilateralism.
◎ Foreign investors are awakening to the risk of investing in Chinese stocks and political risks in China in general.
◎ There are two serious problems with the intended Biden approach toward China.
◎ Xi and the CCP likely believed that they could get away with an aggressive showing in Tianjin because they sensed U.S. unwillingness to confront China.