Political rumors are rife about serious power struggles for the leadership position in China. Talk of leader Xi Jinping’s resignation is at the top of the list, and Wechat requires a password to access the chat. 

According to Zhao Xiao (pseudonym), the second generation of Beijing Red, who lives in the military compound in Beijing, many political rumors have been linked to intense internal struggle at the top. The content severely criticized Xi Jinping’s policies and mentioned his poor health. 

People believe these rumors are related to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s meeting with 100,000 people about economic development on May 25. The Wall Street Journal published a series of articles last month saying that Xi Jinping wasn’t successful at improving the economy, and Li Keqiang, who has been marginalized for a long time, has regained his political influence. 

According to DailyMail, Xi Jinping has reportedly struggled as a wave of ultra-strict Covid lockdowns across China stretch the nation’s economy—and the government’s ability to suppress dissent. The rising rumors about Xi Jinping stepping down owing to Covid-19 mismanagement started after a meeting of the party politburo standing committee, a collective leadership group that rules China. Chinese social media is also abuzz with a rumor that the leader suffers from a brain aneurysm.

The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is approaching, the rumor about the likelihood that Xi Jinping will be forced to step aside from the Chinese Communist Party leadership, and the current Premier Li Keqiang will be assuming the role on Jinping’s behalf to take over daily management of the party and government is spreading.

On February 18 this year, Yuan Hongbing, a jurist living in Australia, revealed that, according to the information he received from the CCP system, the anti-Xi forces were instigating a public opinion offensive to “scold Xi” and put Xi in a situation that thousands of people refer to. He added it is a widespread phenomenon for CCP officials to express anger and dissatisfaction with Xi Jinping privately, and they can use remarks overseas to launch an anti-Xi public opinion offensive. “Their voices are released internationally, and then they try to influence public opinion at home.”

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