Updated on Sep 26, 2022 01:29 PM IST
Xi Jinping and China’s Rumoured Coup: After Xi Jinping’s outing at SCO in Samarkand, claims of the president being under house arrest went rife.
Social media has been abuzz with rumours of a coup in China claiming that the country’s president Xi Jinping has been deposed. Speculations began on the internet after Jinping was said to be missing from the public eye following his return from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Uzbekistan – his first official foreign visit since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
No officials from China’s ruling Communist Party or the state media have said anything on the rumours. Their social media accounts show work as usual in the country ahead of the party’s five-yearly congress which is set to begin on October 16 where Jinping is poised to secure a historic third term that will cement his place as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
Here’s what we know so far on claims of a coup in China:
Is Xi Jinping under house arrest?
After Xi Jinping’s outing at SCO in Samarkand, claims of the president being under house arrest went rife. The claims have been dismissed by experts saying that there is a strong possibility that the Chinese premier is under quarantine owing to the country’s strict zero-Covid policy that mandates every individual who enters China from abroad to undergo quarantine.