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Sharp China: Missiles Filled with Water, Not Fuel; Foreign Affairs Work Conference; Liu Jianchao in New York and DC; US-China Updates
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Sharp China: Missiles Filled with Water, Not Fuel; Foreign Affairs Work Conference; Liu Jianchao in New York and DC; US-China Updates

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On today's show Andrew and Bill begin with a note about this weekend’s elections in Taiwan before turning back to the upheaval in the PLA. Topics include: Bloomberg's reporting on a US intelligence assessment, realism on PRC capabilities, the history of PLA corruption, and recent reporting about China's nuclear ambitions. From there: Reactions to the foreign affairs work conference in late December, why Beijing sees opportunities around the world, and thoughts on Liu Jianchao's visit to the US and his future as a possible successor to Qin Gang. At the end: Xi reconnects with old friends in Iowa, balloon updates will continue forever, a listener provides more context on a December Fox News report, and a Christmas present offers a path forward for the National Zoo.

Related readings:

CCDI Plenum; PLA corruption; MSS, MI6 and 007; Xizang; Apple AirDrop -- Sinocism 

New Minister of Defense and more signs of a PLA purge; Foreign Affairs Work Conference; Reprieve for gaming?; Jimmy Lai -- Sinocism 

Taiwan’s Air Raid Alarm on Satellite Causes Pre-Election Anxiety -- Bloomberg 

US Intelligence Shows Flawed China Missiles Led Xi to Purge Army -- Bloomberg 

Thread by Kevin Yam 任建峰 -- X 

China Quietly Rebuilds Secretive Base for Nuclear Tests -- N.Y. Times 

How China’s Echo Chamber Threatens Taiwan -- Foreign Affairs 

China's Power: Up for Debate 2023 PM Session -- YouTube 

China's foreign minister contender seeks peace, including on Taiwan -- Nikkei Asia 

To old friend in Iowa, Xi says world requires stability in China-US ties -- Reuters 

U.S. intelligence officials determined the Chinese spy balloon used a U.S. internet provider to communicate -- NBC News 

CCP-tied group is quietly fueling US-based climate initiatives: tax filings -- Fox News 

China calls for peaceful coexistence and promises pandas on the 45th anniversary of U.S.-China ties -- Reuters 

Dall-E’s rendering of a DF-4 missile fueled with water:

A DF-4 missile, depicted in a unique way by showing it filled with water. The missile should have a long, cylindrical shape, typical of ballistic missiles, with fins and a pointed nose. It should be portrayed either with a transparent or a cutaway view, allowing the water inside to be visible. This creates an imaginative and intriguing depiction of a missile, blending the usual military design with an unexpected element of being filled with water.

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