In the latest episode, Andrew and Bill discuss a new group of foreign influencers who are reportedly helping Xi promote China’s image, along with an update on Wolf Warrior diplomacy as 2023 approaches. They also answer questions from the Sinocism chat, covering topics such as progress on fentanyl issues, regional governments seeking debt relief, Li Qiang’s role in the Central Financial Commission, and the trend of Chinese citizens investing outside of China. The episode concludes with a listener’s theory on Xi’s potential long-term leadership, the strain on hospitals from recent outbreaks in China, and a controversy sparked by a famous chef’s egg fried rice dish.
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Politburo meeting; No date for Third Plenum; More Party in foreign affairs work; Support for private enterprises; Myanmar-PRC border; 蛋炒饭 — Sinocism
Xi is currently in Shanghai, where the Politburo is examining foreign legal practices. Xi and Putin’s gas collaboration is also being discussed. The corruption within ICBC is also under scrutiny.