◎ Sanctioning high-level PRC officials is a part of what appears to be a U.S. strategy to either contain or even “roll back” the Communist Party’s global influence.
◎ The Nimitz and Ronald Reagan strike groups are on station in the South China Sea carrying out Freedom of Navigation Operations.
◎ 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.
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◎ Xi and the CCP can use the Hong Kong national security law for both offensive and defensive purposes.
◎ With nations distracted by the coronavirus, Beijing is vigorously at work consolidating and spreading an even more deadly virus—communist totalitarianism.
◎ 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.
◎ If Trump continues to approve his team’s substantive approach in implementing his policy objectives, the free world’s prospects will continue to improve.
◎ The Trump team’s record on security and human rights vis-à-vis China to this point surpasses anything done in prior administrations.
◎ Countries must bear in mind that the Communist Party does not equate to the Chinese nation.
◎ Both the PRC and the U.S. likely recognized at the Hawaii meeting that there is no off-ramp from the “new cold war.”
◎ By requiring a constant strengthening of U.S. capabilities, explicitly devoted to the defense of Taiwan, the Taiwan Defense Act would signal clearer U.S. intentions.
◎ An unusually large number of influenza cases reported in the winter of 2019 and 2020 coincides with the appearance of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen in central China, possibly masking a coronavirus epidemic far more severe than suggested by official data.
◎ Exposing the CCP’s multifarious human rights depredations evokes shame in decent, honorable Chinese people and necessarily diminishes the regime’s assiduously cultivated image of respectability.
◎ There is great strategic value in taking the CCP to task over religious freedom.
◎ We expect to see many of the forecasts made in our China 2020 outlook to be verified over the second half of the year.
◎ The international community must join the U.S. in condemning the PRC for pushing to implement national security legislation in Hong Kong.