Xi Jinping will have serious problems. Concerns are growing about a coup attempt

  • Chinese social media has spread rumors about Xi Jinping’s possible resignation. Information on this issue is censored by the authorities
  • The difference between the position of the Chinese president and prime minister on how to deal with the coronavirus epidemic is becoming increasingly clear.
  • In the past, Xi Jinping fought to the death against his political rivals. In recent years, rumors of a coup have doubled

The first reports of the Chinese president’s ill health appeared in 2019, when it was noted that during a visit to Italy and France, he clearly stumbled while trying to sit down and needed help. In turn, during a speech in Shenzhen in October 2020, it was noted that he was slow to speak and coughed.

According to recent rumors, Xi Jinping was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in late 2021. The 68-year-old leader was hospitalized, but is expected to abandon the operation, relying on traditional Chinese medicine.

According to the Indian news agency ANI, there are rumors on Chinese social media about the possible resignation of Xi Jinping. This will happen in the second half of the year, and Prime Minister Li Keqiang will try to seize the scheme. Information on this issue is censored by the authorities.

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The real pain for Xi may be his “zero COVID” policy. Fearing a coronavirus epidemic, Beijing has decided to impose excessive restrictions. Their goal is to achieve the lowest possible number of infections through tight border closures, mass testing and extensive quarantine. Extreme restrictions are in place in cities where only a few cases have been reported.

Former diplomat Roger Garcide told The Sun that a sharp zero-tolerance policy against COVID-19 “could affect China’s destiny or lead to a political crisis.” According to him, the government’s tough policy could create “serious costs” for the Chinese economy and society, as citizens struggle with unemployment and companies are forced to close.

The Washington Post believes that the unwritten agreement between the government and society in China has been violated: economic development in exchange for political peace. An anonymous journalist from Shanghai told the newspaper: “The silent agreement between us has been violated.”

Earlier this week, the Standing Committee of the Politburo asked Chinese citizens not to question Xi’s harsh policies, which resulted in the closure of cities across the country. The statement did not mention the economy.

At the same time, Prime Minister Li Keqiang sounded the alarm over the “complicated and serious” situation in the Chinese labor market. He did not mention the “zero COVID” policy.

For this reason, the media is seeking a double vote at the top of the government and is reinforcing speculation about a split within the Chinese Communist Party. Politicians are considered rivals. The president should represent a more ideological wing, and the prime minister should be associated with a technocratic faction within the ruling camp.

It is probably an exaggeration to say that Xi and Li are at odds with each other, but their statements reflect different views on the fight against the coronavirus.

Australian journalist Richard McGregor, quoted by Bloomberg, admitted. According to him, China has reached a point where it is necessary to discuss whether the price paid for future locks is worth the economic losses.

The key question is whether Lee will continue to talk openly about the economy. Then we can achieve real division

McGregor told Bloomberg.

Fears of a political coup or coup attempt are based on the 2012 and 2017 reports. At that time, Xi Jinping was going to fight “until his death” with the influential faction of Chinese leader Jiang Zemin in 1993-2003.

In 2012, Xi launched a large-scale anti-corruption campaign. It is believed that this was an excuse to get rid of political opponents, including alleged supporters of Jiang. These include Zhou Yongkang, a former strong Chinese security chief, Ling Jihua, a former director of the CPC Central Bureau, Bo Xilai, a former trade minister, Sun Zhengcai, a former agriculture minister, and Generals Hu Caihou and Quo Boxiong.

In 2017, these six officials were accused of plotting a coup during the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China. Liu Shiyu, then head of China’s banking supervision, made the accusation.

In 2018, Xi Jinping proposed a constitutional amendment, lifting the two-term limit for the Chinese president. As a result, he may remain in office indefinitely after 2023.

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Source: thesun.co.uk, Bloomberg, “The Washington Post” / (sk, mba)

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