Security, propaganda and the PLA: Xi Jinping forges new networks of influence
Almost six months after being re-elected president of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping is restructuring his power around new groups of loyal supporters.
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Andrew Hsia, vice chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party, who ended a visit to China on 17 February, is taking part in a tight game. China is busy with its plans for reunification with Taiwan by 2027 and hopes that 2024's elections there will cause maximum division.
The Chinese Communist Party is increasingly relying on small meetings with foreign participants to tackle the country's problems. It has launched a new LinkedIn recruitment campaign with the aim of building a database of foreign experts who can be called upon at short notice when needed.
Following its second plenary session last week, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is now set to report back to Xi Jinping to explain the strategies it has chosen to deal with the campaign's priority targets - finance and property.
In his third term, China's president wants to consolidate his hold over his country's military apparatus. To regain control over the politics of the People's Liberation Army, Xi has chosen to drastically rein in political commissars, who have now been relegated to merely executing the party's will.
Chinese police operate in at least 30 countries across four continents through a network of more than twenty foreign police stations that, as well as providing consular support to the Chinese diaspora, also conduct covert political operations.
Wang Chunning, commander of the People's Armed Police (PAP), has officially joined the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission (CPLAC). The law enforcement body is currently overseeing a "rectification" programme aimed at rooting out corruption and disloyalty.