In recent days, some media reported that there was a coup in China and that Xi Jinping had been arrested by the opposition in the Chinese Communist Party after he returned from the SCO summit in Uzbekistan.
But there is no official confirmation from the CCP or its media. Experts said that these rumors are unsubstantiated and false.
China expert Gordon Chang is one of the experts who said that the rumors were false. But he said that there may have been something wrong with CCP’s leaders in the past few days.
Chang wrote on his Twitter account: “The lack of news from #China over the last few hours suggests coup rumors are untrue, but whatever happened inside the #Chinese military during the last three days—evidently something unusual occurred—tells us there is turbulence inside the senior #CCP leadership.”
In another tweet, Chang shared a video showing that something may be wrong in Beijing.
He wrote, “This video of military vehicles moving to #Beijing comes immediately after the grounding of 59% of the flights in the country and the jailings of senior officials. There’s a lot of smoke, which means there is a fire somewhere inside the #CCP. #China is unstable.”
Aadil Brar, another China expert, is of the same opinion that the rumor is unfounded and that Xi’s absence may simply be that he is in quarantine after returning from Uzbekistan.
Brar wrote on Twitter: “Xi is most likely in quarantine after coming back from SCO. There is no coup. Looks like a lot of alt-media in India picked up the rumor.”
There are also some reports, like Chang mentioned—the flights that were canceled. This, though, reinforces the news that there was a coup in Beijing.
By sharing flight data, Aadil Brar pointed out that there was no disruption of flights in China.
Brar wrote, “No flights are canceled anywhere. Look at the number of flights in and out of China.”
He added, “Political activities in Beijing are as usual.”
“So quaint for a ‘coup.’”