After Xi Jinping returned to Beijing from the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO), he did not appear in public for 10 days, raising coup rumors. But on the afternoon of September 27, Xi’s appearance in Beijing at the Beijing Exhibition Center at the Forging Ahead to a New Era exhibit dispelled the rumors about him. Wang Qishan was the only senior official not in group.
Wang is known as a member of the “Eighth Standing Committee” of the CCP. When the CCP Standing Committee holds group activities, Wang Qishan often appears with everyone.
That evening, CCTV also spent 4.5 minutes, reporting on the incident, and live-streaming the visit by Xi and his group.
According to a bulletin, Xi Jinping stressed the need to widely publicize his “measures and achievements” in the 10 years since he came to power, and mentioned “strengthening historical beliefs.”
This is Xi’s first public appearance after visiting Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from September 14 to 16 and attending a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
This exhibition displayed Xi Jinping’s “achievements” since he came to power, with the intention of creating momentum for the 20th National Congress. All 7 members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo were present. Such a powerful team visited a local exhibit, prompting outside speculations to have another purpose, according to Vision Times.
That Xi had been out of sight for 10 days led to speculation at home and abroad that there had been a coup launched by the CCP’s senators and Xi was under house arrest.
However, many commentators have also pointed out that these rumors are inconsistent with political common sense. It was very likely that this is an activity of anti-Xi forces within the CCP, aimed at inciting public opinion.
On September 24, U.S. media Newsmax quoted Gordon Chang, an expert on China, saying that the rumors about Xi’s house arrest are not true. But these rumors themselves are a potential move, if not for the sake of preventing Xi from being re-elected for a third term, but also for wanting to hit Xi Jinping with a “steel punch.”
In an interview with The Epoch Times on September 26, Shiping Fan, professor at the Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan Normal University, said that Xi had not yet surfaced, possibly due to the need to stay safe.
He believed that Xi’s re-election will not be thwarted, but the controversy will intensify in the run-up to the 20th National Congress. The problem is mainly due to the legitimacy of Xi’s third consecutive term, otherwise there would not have been such a massive backlash.
“Disclosures” within Chinese politics are not uncommon on overseas Chinese websites. This is also not the first time rumors of a Chinese coup have surfaced on Twitter.