A surprising title appeared in the draft of Xinhua News Agency’s report on Xi Jinping’s trip to Sichuan on June 9.

It stated that after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred in Ya’an, Sichuan, on June 1, Xi Jinping immediately gave vital instructions. However, the outside world did not see any directives or sympathies from Xi following the earthquake. Therefore, it would seem that Xi is being censored.

“Xi Jinping lost his voice at a vital moment,” and “Xi Jinping ignored Ya’an and instead conveyed sympathy to Brazil” were among the critiques from abroad.

Eight days later, Xinhua News Agency suddenly reissued Xi Jinping’s instructions, which were hard to understand. It’s unclear whether this has anything to do with the Xinhua News Agency’s recent change of president and editor-in-chief.

The critic Jiang Senzhe has a further point of view, saying that Xi Jinping has been blocked from the media. In one of his recent live broadcasts, he claimed that three major state media outlets typically broadcast Xi Jinping’s directions by the next day, but when he checks the records now, he can’t find Xi’s instructions.

This demonstrates that the state media is openly hostile to Xi and is being played out in the Party’s Central Committee, so Xi went to Sichuan to investigate and expose them himself.

Jiang Senzhe also spotted another detail. On the 9th, two versions of Xi Jinping’s trip to Sichuan were broadcast on news networks.

The original version ended the report on the visit to Sichuan after introducing who was accompanying him. The other has a newly added paragraph stating that during the inspection, Xi Jinping told everyone to stick to the dynamic zero COVID policy.

Jiang Senzhe believes that as General Secretary, Xi can order the Party Central Committee to keep the zero clearance and has no need to wait until his Sichuan’s visit.

He assumed Xi’s visit to Sichuan was similar to Deng Xiaoping’s travel to the south. Deng Xiaoping could only make his voice heard by heading to Shenzhen, forcing Jiang Zemin to follow the path of reform and opening up. Because at the time, the CCP’s conservative party controlled the Central Committee.

In addition to emphasizing power, Xi Jinping has also used other methods to deter opposing members of the CCP. 

On June 9, Katsuji Nakazawa, a Tokyo-based journalist for the Nikkei Asian, published an article in which he discussed a document relating to the subject of retired officials not being allowed to discuss the Party Central Committee’s general policy.

According to Nakazawa, this was published on the front page of People’s Daily, where Xi issued a warning document requesting the party elders refrain from acting as mouthpieces. One interpretation is that Xi has no choice, even if it means exposing the party’s brutal conflict to the public.

Lawyer Wang Youqun, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, analyzed that when Xi took power, he inherited a mess of incompetence and corruption left by Jiang Zemin. After ten years, Xi had consolidated the party’s power, the regime’s, and the army’s highest powers in his hands. Simultaneously, it has become a key point for all of the CCP’s internal and diplomatic issues. Xi bore the brunt of the CCP’s issues during the Mao, Deng, and Jiang eras.

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