Chinese Regime Leader Xi Jinping Seizes Control Over Key Law Enforcement Agency


Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping attends welcoming ceremony for Malaysia's leaders outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on September 4, 2014. Xi has enhanced his control over the Political and Law Commission with direct management, according to state news media on Oct. 23, 2014. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)


On the last day of the biggest meeting of year of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party state-run media announced Party head Xi Jinping was taking direct control over a key law enforcement agency.

On Thursday, Beijing News published an article saying Xi was directly in charge of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC) and would focus concern on the reform of the legal system in China. The decision was announced at the 4th Plenary of the Central Committee of the 18th National Party Congress. Continue reading

The Nation’s ICBM Force: Increasingly Creaky Broken Missiles

As the Air Force begins to dust off plans for the Minuteman III ICBM replacement, a stark choice faces the service.

On one hand, the time has come to replace them. On the other, the Air Force is strapped for cash, victim to a perfect storm of bureaucratic bloat, several rounds of defense cuts, and a fighter fleet exhausted by war and age. Continue reading