◎ Xi reformed the chain of command of local national security agencies to wrest control of the intelligence apparatus from political rivals and further weaken the Political and Legal Affairs Commission.
◎ The “subdued” media coverage of Xi’s southern tour and his other gestures in Guangdong is closely connected to the CCP factional struggle.
◎ There are hints that the Meng Hongwei case is connected with a “soft coup” against the Xi leadership.
◎ Xi’s policies and personnel changes have combined to curb the PLAC’s authority and weaken its influence.
◎ The People’s Armed Police reforms lack the flash of Xi’s more eye-catching moves to consolidate control.
◎ We believe that Fu Zhenghua’s promotion doesn’t guarantee his safety.
◎ To rookie and veteran observers, the fate of Wang Qishan is perhaps one of the more perplexing developments in recent CCP politics.
◎ Chen Min’er’s remarks at the Two Sessions shows that the factional struggle inside the CCP is still very intense.
◎ Ding Xuexiang recently made statements that confirm the intensity of the ongoing CCP factional struggle.
◎ 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.