◎ The propaganda narratives in Xinhua lay the groundwork for Xi to agree to U.S. demands on sensitive issues like structural reform without losing face at home.
◎ Is the United States government about to declare a clear and firm commitment to defend Taiwan?
◎ History has taught that an American president’s credibility on a major U.S. domestic issue can be transferable to tests of will in the international arena, for good or ill.
◎ There has been much talk about the recent comments of a Chinese military official issuing a dire warning against the United States resisting China’s aggression in the region.
◎ The remarks of Li Chunsheng are a further sign that the CCP is feeling the pressure from rising social tensions.
◎ Liu Shiyu’s transfer to the CCP’s rural supply cooperative is more than just a “demotion.”
◎ Xi is likely seeking to stamp his paramount authority and unify the Party as political, economic, and social crises mount in China.