Restrictions on business activities and the sidelining of officials associated with Xi’s predecessors have become more common as the Party Conference approaches.
September 18, 2017
‘Kill, hand, club. Those three Chinese characters make up the word shashoujian, or assassin’s mace, a legendary secret weapon that appears in ancient Chinese folklore.
With the club, the assassin would incapacitate his enemy, unexpectedly and totally, ensuring success even if it meant ignoring the rules of contact.
With the clock ticking toward the Chinese Communist Party’s crucial national congress, the party’s “core” leader Xi Jinping has effectively declared it zero hour for a last-ditch offensive against his political rivals.’