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. To emphasize, you can contact us if there is an item not included here for which you’d like to see the findings. Our goal, as always, is to focus on what matters and not on things that don’t. Items from Sept. 5 China: The senior ranks of China’s People’s Liberation Army are in flux ahead of the Party Congress in October. Three high-level commanders have been replaced in recent weeks, and the Central Military Commission is reportedly being overhauled. One of the replaced commanders, Gen. Fang Fenghui – who has been heavily involved in the China-U.S. bilateral relationship – has been placed under investigation for corruption. Major military purges such as this can have wide-ranging implications for both politics and military readiness. The relationship between the central government and the PLA is the most important factor in assessing […]

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