Xi in Zhejiang; Asian Games; Xi meets Assad; Huawei; US-China on road back to Bali
This week will likely see the September monthly Politburo meeting. One thing to watch for from this meeting is whether or not there is an announcement of the dates for the Third Plenum, which should convene in October or November if past precedent holds. Anyone want to bet we may also get news of Central Committee member and State Councillor Qin Gang, and perhaps any other Central Committee members who may be under investigation?
The PRC will be on holiday from 9/29 - 10/6 as the Mid-Autumn Festival runs into the long 10.1 National Day holiday week.
Summary of today’s Essential Eight:
Xi’s Zhejiang inspection tour - Xi conducted an inspection tour of Zhejiang before opening the Asian Games in Hangzhou. The official readout summarized the key themes: “We must comprehensively and accurately implement the new development concept, focusing on building a new development pattern, promoting high-quality development, focusing on building a common prosperity demonstration zone, and creating an …