China’s internal factors could destabilize the current Communist regime as the supreme leader Xi Jinping is attempting to secure an unprecedented third consecutive term as CCP Chairman at the National Party Congress this year. While the regime is desperately showing off their so-called stability, China is “outwardly strong, but inwardly weak,” says Garside Roger Garside, author of “China Coup”.
Garside, who served twice at the British Embassy in Beijing, states “ever since 2011, the regime has been spending more of its budget on internal security than it has on the military. It fears its internal enemies”.
Why it matters: Scholz’s trip on Friday with a delegation of business leaders will make him the first EU leader to visit the Asian country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The visit will also come less than two weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping secured a historic third term in office.
The trip could send a confusing signal about how Europe’s largest economy plans to deal with Beijing, especially as other EU countries increasingly toughen their stances on China, analysts say.
State of play: Scholz’s predecessor, Angela Merkel, had close economic ties with Beijing. China was Germany’s top trading partner over the last six years, with bilateral trade reaching $245 billion last year.
But 84% of Germans would like the country to reduce economic ties with China, according to a recent poll by German public service broadcaster ZDF.
“Germany made a big bet on China,” says Noah Barkin, a managing editor of Rhodium Group’s China practice. “For many years, this was seen as a source of strength. Now it has become a vulnerability.”
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Meanwhile, dwindling recognition for Taiwan and potential dual-use facilities raise questions about the United State’s lack of presence. What are the serious dangers when the Chinese communists take over? This was asked to Joseph Humire, a national security expert at the Center for a Secure Free Society.
As Biden was engaged in a May 24 Tokyo meeting of the Quad (Australia, India, Japan, and the United States), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping gave Biden and the Quad leaders a “combined” nuclear message.
On China Insider, a look at the thousands of photos of Uyghur detainees—the youngest just 15 years old to as old as 73—from the Xinjiang police files, which also contain images of police drills and internal documents—and a shoot-to-kill order for anyone who attempts to escape. We speak with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation President Andrew Bremberg about his organization obtaining these shocking documents and photos. I also speak with the prime minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, Salih Hudayar, about his reactions to the photos.
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