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◎ We have reason to believe that N. Korea’s nuclear provocations are orchestrated by Xi’s factional rivals who are Kim’s Chinese political backers.
◎ Jia Tingan has been left out of the official list of delegates to the upcoming 19th Party Congress.
◎ Xue Yinxian’s defection is a high-profile example of the Chinese people’s growing loss of confidence in the Communist Party.
◎ North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3 took place just hours before Xi Jinping addressed leaders of BRICS countries in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
◎ Beijing is trying to restrict massive capital outflow through the Chinese shadow economy.
◎ The abrupt promotion of Miao by Xi is consistent with changing personnel trends in the Chinese military.
◎ Before Zhang’s high-profile work trips, he appeared to have been sidelined by Xi.
◎ We believe that at least 3 former provincial level officials from Hunan could be investigated
◎ The Chinese media is finally getting a better sense of the scale of Xi Jinping’s military reform.
◎ The new Sino-US military agreement could serve several purposes.
◎ The overseas merger and acquisition sprees by Chinese corporations in recent years were partly conducted in response to the slowing Chinese economy.
◎ Xi’s update to the school curriculum and effort to revive traditional thought is a clear departure from his predecessors.
◎ It is highly unusual for Beijing to commemorate Yao Yilin.
◎ The Chinese military has stepped up security in the Chinese provinces bordering North Korea after Kim Jong Un’s sixth nuclear test.