Xi Jinping's allies try to tip Taiwanese opinion towards closer cooperation with the mainland
Chinese President Xi Jinping quietly mobilised his supporters to help the Kuomintang win the municipal elections in Taiwan.
All new members of the Chinese Communist Party's politburo and discipline inspection committee appointed during the party's October congress were subjected to unprecedented scrutiny by Xi Jinping's closest collaborators. As a result, some factions saw their influence wiped out completely.
Zhejiang provincial leader Chen Yixin, whose rhetorical talents have been acclaimed for more than 20 years, has finally become head of the Ministry of State Security. One of his mains tasks will be to eliminate corruption - and any sign of opposition - in the police, the army and the intelligence services.
The security-focused conclusions of the Chinese Communist Party Congress went beyond the international headline issue of Taiwan. Beijing is already considering diplomatic and intelligence manoeuvres to aid its expansion into other territories.
As he begins his third term of office, Xi Jinping plans to rely increasingly on the Zhi Gong party to strengthen his influence in China and abroad. The party has the advantage of being able to produce officials who are loyal even if they do not have formal membership of the Chinese Communist Party.
As it enters a new era, Chinese propaganda is relying on foreign diplomats, politicians, academics and journalists to promote its virtues abroad. Intelligence Online has investigated these influence spreaders, who were seen on videos released for the CCP congress.
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.
By taking part in Taiwan's National Day and then inviting Taipei's diplomats to a reception to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic, Prague is joining the United States in its desire to abandon the 'One China' policy.