◎ Pence’s message to Beijing was firm and clear: “The United States … will not change course until China changes its ways.”
◎ For Kissinger, changing the Communist Party’s approach to domestic governance was separate from, and subservient to, global realpolitik concerns.
◎ The trade war forces Xi and the CCP to face an intractable political contradiction.
◎ To rookie and veteran observers, the fate of Wang Qishan is perhaps one of the more perplexing developments in recent CCP politics.
◎ We believe that Xi’s motivation for driving reform measures is his life-and-death struggle with the Jiang faction.
◎ A CCP Central Committee decision to remove term limits for the president and vice president sparked a huge outcry in the media and the China-watching community.
◎ We believe that the answer to why Xi removed term limits for the Chinese presidency can be found in an analysis of CCP factional struggle.