The rate of news developments is definitely speeding up. This week, nothing more than a brief summary can be accomplished here, but the top developments cover all bases, domestic, periphery and international.
The party chief promised economic reforms which are absolutely not an effort to reduce the threat of measures from the US. Then, he reviewed the largest Chinese naval exercise in history in the South China Sea. Possibly of more significance are developments on the Taiwan issues where there are plans for live-firing practices in the Taiwan Strait and voices in Washington taking a break from Trumpwatch to raise the likelihood of upgraded US arms sales and official visits to the island.
Then on the domestic scene, the further coming out of the party was highlighted by Bytedance, owner of the news app Toutiao, which performed an extraordinary public self-criticism over a joke site and promised to knuckle down and abide by party guidelines. Bottom line: things feels more in flux than at any time since… when? Let’s say January, 1979.