Xi's hard speech; Mixed signals before the reform celebration; PRC ambassador to Canada admits to hostage-taking

Kudos to those who stayed up to watch Xi's speech at the event celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up. I confess I waited until this morning to read it and watch excerpts. 

There is no question the PRC and the Party have much to celebrate given the remarkable progress since 1978.

Xi's speech read to me like a clear extension of…

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