Chinese media reports speculating on the annual Beidauhe meeting of China's veteran leaders said that among the indications of this year's Beidaihe meeting was the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement on July 31 that the regular press conferences will be adjourned from August 2 to August 13 and would resume on August 16. Chinese media said this has been interpreted by the outside world to imply that the Beidaihe Meeting has already begun. There is also heightened security on the local railway and highway and, since the 1st week of August, the CCP media have barely reported any news about activities of high-level CCP members. The reports speculated on the probable themes at the Beidaihe Meeting and listed 4 major issues that China is facing today. These are: (i) Xi Jinping is intending to serve his third consecutive term at the 20th National Congress of the CCP in 2022. (ii) CCP's governance is facing a major crisis of domestic economic development, especially the private economy. (iii) the CCP is facing serious challenges from the Hong Kong and Taiwan issues. Taiwan has received widespread attention from the International community and because of the high pressure by Xi Jinping, Taiwan has finally evolved from an internal issue in China to an international issue. (iv) the deteriorating Sino-US relations.  These reports said that at the last Beidaihe Meeting, the 'CCP Senior Citizens Group' had criticised Xi Jinping's policies and believed that unless there were changes in the policy, Sino-US relations will trigger a serious crisis.  In March 2021, at the US-China Diplomat Meeting in Alaska, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a fierce confrontation with US Secretary of State Blinken. Separately, Chinese scholars assess that Xi Jinping will be reappointed for another 5 years. The issue by the CCP Central Committee of the new outline "Implementation Outline for the Construction of a Government under the Rule of Law (2021-2025)', they suggest, also points to the direction of the administrative system after the 20th National Congress in 2022 and indicates that Xi Jinping's term will be extended for the next 5 years. Chinese commentator Yue Shan recently wrote that the Beidaihe Conference could witness a power struggle that "should involve Xi Jinping's re-election and the successor of Premier Li Keqiang". The Hong Kong based commentator Yan Chungou said Xi Jinping will not step down but will continue to gain power.

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