Power; Taiwan and the unstable "status quo"; Standardization plan; Real estate stress; Weak Xi?
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We are just about a month away from the 6th Plenum. I am starting to hear renewed rumblings along the lines of “Xi is ‘weak’ and now is the time for the US to ease off on pressure so as to help those opposed to him”. I have to say that I am shocked that some people would considering buying this speculative dead horse for the nth time, but I guess wishful thinking is better than dealing with reality?
Hey, I could be wrong, but nothing I am seeing or hearing suggests to me that Xi is weak; quite the opposite in fact. But if I am I will eat an issue of the newsletter…
Today’s Essential Eight items:
US-China trade talks
Weekend speeches from Xi and Tsai Ing-wen a reminder of how danger…