Rumors of a coup in China against Xi Jinping shake the networks

This Friday rumors gained strength about the alleged arrest of President Xi Jinping after a coup in China. The versions could not be confirmed so far, but they were not denied by Beijing either. However, sources from the Argentine embassy in China categorically denied them.

On the other hand, the cancellation of 60 percent of the flights in the Asian power, as reported by the local travel platform Flight Master, increased the noise surrounding Xi’s alleged arrest.

One of the versions that have circulated in recent hours indicates that the plot would have been organized by special forces of the People’s Liberation Army that respond to General Li Qiaoming, in charge of the Northern Theater Command, one of the five of the Chinese Army, since September 2017 until this month. Li had been appointed a member of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in October 2017.

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On October 16, the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will be held, the highest body in the country and the one that elects the members of the Central Committee and renews the high authorities, as is the case of Xi. According to this version, Xi was absent from the seminar on National Defense and Military Reform last Wednesday, although he was already back from his first international tour after the pandemic within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan, where he met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, traveling to New York for the UN General Assembly, did not attend either.

This Friday rumors gained strength about the alleged arrest of President Xi Jinping after a coup in China. The versions could not be confirmed so far, but they were not denied by Beijing either. However, sources from the Argentine embassy in China categorically denied them.

The one who did attend the seminar was Li, who sat next to Army Commander Liu Zhenli. The point is that Xi is preparing to assume his third term in an extraordinary concession that would make sectors of the Communist Party leadership uncomfortable. Chinese journalist and human rights activist Jennifer Zeng, a dissident and former CCP member, tweeted a video showing “PLA military vehicles heading to Beijing on September 22.” “Starting from Huanlai County near Beijing and ending in Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, a full procession of up to 80 kilometers,” she continued.

The unconfirmed coup would have been planned by the military and senior party members dissatisfied with Xi’s iron leadership. This same Friday, the former Vice Minister of Public Security, Sun Lijun, was sentenced to a suspended death sentence – he can opt for life imprisonment – by the Changchun Intermediate People’s Court due to alleged bribery. Sun was singled out by the president’s entourage for leading a mafia within the party that opposed Xi.

Five former police chiefs were also arrested for their ties to Sun, in the biggest purge of China’s security apparatus and just weeks before the party congress that is expected to re-elect Xi. If the rumors are true, the leadership of the president would be finished and China would appear in an uncertain scenario with profound effects throughout the world.

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Rumors of a coup in China against Xi Jinping shake the networks