◎ Several names have been raised as Zhou’s possible successor.
◎ America has in recent decades been handling North Korea very carefully out of concern that China would intervene in the event of a conflict.
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◎ We have reason to believe that Xi had foiled a coup by former CCP leader Jiang Zemin and his influential faction.
Wang Qishan, the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-corruption chief, has recently been busy meeting high-profile foreign guests. Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist and Breitbart head, flew to Beijing from Hong Kong for a private meeting with Wang, according to the Financial Times (FT). The meeting took place after
◎ The factional deathmatch between Xi and Jiang is now entering a crucial phase.
◎ Xi still faces resistance and sabotage from many Jiang faction loyalists in the military.
◎ Part of China’s AHW strategy is to take over the semiconductor industry overtly while subversively creating backdoors into the tech they acquire.
◎ The Central Military Commission (CMC) has dispatched four special discipline inspection groups to probe key military units, academies, and the CMC itself.
◎ Chen Min’er is unlikely to succeed Xi due to his questionable and circumstantial rise through the ranks of the CCP.
◎ Two-thirds of department heads in the CMC have been replaced in the past 20 months.
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