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In this week's newsletter we focus on the upcoming 19th Party Congress and the recently announced military appointments, "hoisting the sails on a great mission," and the history of China-Japan relations.
The 19th Party Congress is set for October 18th, and key military appointments typically are announced in the preceding week. This year, however, the changes are beginning early.
In addition to new commanders of the ground forces, navy, and air force, Japanese media is reporting that the predecessors of these new commanders are under investigation. These military personnel moves join the ousting of Chongqing Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai as visible contretemps in the evolving leadership shuffle.
Meaning: hoist the sails on a great voyage (undertake a great mission)
On September 4, Xi Jinping addressed the BRICS Summit leaders in Xiamen. Much of the language revolved around sailing imagery. Not only were the countries likened to ships setting sail on a great voyage, but their leaders were the captains, and they were setting sail at the correct tide. This message of correctly interpreting the trends of the times is critical to understanding Xi's actions and his views on China's historical rise.
This week's video is a documentary series on the "War of Resistance" against Japan.
大抗战 details the history of conflict between China and Japan from the Ming Dynasty to the days of the
International Military Tribunal for the Far East. This series is worth watching for those interested in learning more about China's perception of the China-Japan dynamic.
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