Cracking heads over commodity prices; New vaccine; Xi and Putin; Taiwan

With 43 days left until the 100th anniversary party for the CCP, have we entered a “quiet period” where nothing that can spoil the celebrations will be allowed to happen? The pressure on cadres throughout the system to not screw up must be immense.

Today’s Essential Eight items:

  1. Cracking heads over commodity prices

  2. Xi and Putin have a special energy

  3. Taiwan…

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