What follows are the preliminary findings for issues identified in the daily Watch Lists this week. We are only sending findings that we regard as significant or potentially significant to keep this list manageable. We have findings for all the Watch List items. Should you be interested in findings not listed here, please contact us and we will email them to you.
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Items from July 31
China: Chinese President Xi Jinping is restoring the position of chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. We need to look into what powers this new position will have.
Finding: This would not grant Xi new powers, but it would enable him to remain in power past the 2022 end date of his term. Xi is staring down term limits and a mandatory retirement age, both for himself