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Trump crisis in Beijing: Five ‘knowns and unknowns’ have Xi Jinping in the panic mode

Trump crisis in Beijing: Five ‘knowns and unknowns’ have Xi Jinping in the panic mode

By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t […]

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All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com Propaganda specialists surrounding President Xi Jinping are working overtime to burnish his reputation as a close-to-the-people savior who can best acquit himself of Chairman Mao’s “serve the people” credo. Xinhua News Agency over the weekend released a long dispatch on “the basic reform orientations” of Xi […]

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Odds of military conflict between China, Japan increase as Xi calls for 'actual combat' training

Odds of military conflict between China, Japan increase  as Xi calls for 'actual combat' training

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The likelihood of an at least small-scale military conflict between China and Japan over the Diaoyu-Senkaku islands has increased dramatically. Latest reports from Beijing say that General Secretary Xi Jinping, who is also commander-in-chief of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has given orders to deploy more short- to medium-range missiles to coastal […]

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Xi's answer to America's strategic shift to Asia: Closer ties with Moscow

Xi's answer to America's strategic shift to Asia: Closer ties with Moscow

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com General Secretary and Commander-in-chief Xi Jinping is set to continue the “pro-Russian” policy of his predecessor, Hu Jintao, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership becomes more nervous than ever over Washington’s perceived “anti-China containment policy.” While meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Beijing on Jan. 8, Xi said that “China-Russian […]

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Xi Jinping emphasizing rule of law to secure Party's monopoly on power

Xi Jinping emphasizing rule of law to secure Party's monopoly on power

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Xi Jinping, newly anointed general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has lost no time laying down what will likely be a leitmotif of his 10-year tenure: promoting “constitutional Socialism with Chinese characteristics.” This so-called “Back to the [Chinese] Constitution” movement will be kicked off after fellow Politburo Standing Committee […]

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Li Peng’s son also rises but overall the fortunes of Princelings are in decline

Li Peng’s son also rises but overall the fortunes of Princelings are in decline

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Li Peng, 84, the “butcher of Tiananmen Square” who gained international notoriety for having declared martial law in Beijing 23 years ago, is still in the limelight despite rapidly failing health. At last month’s 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress (CCP), Li helped other conservative party elders, in particular former President Jiang Zemin, […]

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Xi Jinping hits the ground running, telegraphs hawkish policy stances

Xi Jinping hits the ground running, telegraphs hawkish policy stances

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Less than one month after becoming general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the country’s commander-in-chief,Xi Jinping has displayed a flair for catchy slogans — and superior public-relations skills. The new chairman of the policy-setting Central Military Commission has also demonstrated a readiness to project China’s hard power in […]

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New commander-in-chief Xi wastes no time projecting hard power in Asia-Pacific Theater

New commander-in-chief Xi wastes no time projecting hard power in Asia-Pacific Theater

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Xi Jinping is a man in a hurry. Since becoming CCP general secretary and commander-in-chief on Nov. 15, the putative “core” of the Fifth-Generation collective leadership has wasted no time in placing his stamp on China’s military and foreign-affairs establishment. In addition to becoming chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), […]

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Hu Jintao heads largest political faction despite setbacks at the 18th Party Congress

Hu Jintao heads largest political faction despite setbacks at the 18th Party Congress

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com With the dust of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress having gradually settled, a new interpretation is going the rounds of Beijing regarding the stature and clout of President Hu Jintao. It is true that only one of his protégés — Premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang — has made it into the seven-member Politburo […]

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As Xi takes the helm, a foreign military 'adventure' is an attractive option

As Xi takes the helm, a foreign military 'adventure' is an attractive option

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com One of the biggest foreign and national security questions regarding the new Chinese Communist Party leadership is whether newly anointed General Secretary and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping will sponsor a foreign “adventure” to consolidate his relatively weak power base Historical parallels are not lacking. After Deng Xiaoping seized power […]

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