Steve_American wrote:Remember that we can't really trust much that comes out of China or is about China.
Something must be correct, but I don't know how to figure out which reports that are true.
These 'news' channels (China Uncensored, ADV China) make their money off of convincing their audience that they are sole arbiters of truth about what is going on in China, and that you can't trust any other reporting. They know their audience wants negative news about China, adn they provide it.
You can access Chinese social media and use a translator app to read their own news and comments, if you like. You can reach out to Chinese immigrants and students in your own communities and talk to them. There is precious little interest in doing so, and a lot of copium.
Xi is not losing his grip. If he were, he'd be easing regulatory restrictions over big tech, not tightening them, easing financial controls on the housing market, not tightening them, and tolerating the corrupt within his party, not wasting political capital on punishing them.