◎ The following analysis was first published in the Dec. 17 edition of our subscriber-only SinoWeekly Plus newsletter. Subscribe to SinoInsider to view past analyses in our newsletter archive.
◎ 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.
◎ The CCP’s claim that migrants workers are returning home to partake in “entrepreneurship” is likely an attempt to put a positive spin on rising unemployment.
◎ The fresh social tensions in Leiyang are the result of local government-business corruption and dwindling government coffers.
◎ Whenever the central bank releases liquidity, the funds usually flow to the property markets.
◎ We expect China’s economic situation to worsen further in the second half of 2018.
◎ The Sino-U.S. trade war is proving to be a quagmire for the CCP propaganda apparatus.
◎ The rights and welfare of PLA veterans are often disregarded.
◎ The trucker strikes are the latest instance of mass social unrest that has broken out in China in recent months.