China’s President Xi Jinping has been couped and put under house arrest, is it really just a rumor?

Rumor Presiden China Xi Jinping Dikudeta dan Ditahan

Chinese President Xi Jinping became a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend after reportedly being put under house arrest following his military coup.

Xi and the hashtag #ChinaCoup were trending on social media after being tweeted by tens of thousands of Twitter users. Xi Jinping was rumored to be a prisoner after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army successfully overthrew him.

The coup was said to have taken place on September 22, 2022 after a video circulated on Twitter showing an 80-kilometer line of military vehicles heading towards the capital Beijing.

However, the less-than-a-minute video does not show that the line of military vehicles extended for 80 kilometers. In addition, there is no confirmation as to when and where the video was shot, or that the military convoy to Beijing was part of a coup.

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The beginning of Xi Jinping’s coup rumors

This issue, which has not yet been confirmed by official sources, emerged amid the almost complete absence of commercial flights to and from Beijing on Saturday (24/9/2022).

At the same time, all other public transportation schedules such as buses and trains from Beijing were also canceled.

The official Beijing Airport website stated that some flights were canceled although there were still some schedules in progress. As of last Saturday, some flights were still landing in Beijing.

However, some reports suggested that the cancellation of public transportation and flight schedules was due to military exercises.

Rumors of Xi Jinping’s coup also surfaced after Indian politician Subramanian Swamy tweeted about these rumors on Saturday.

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“A new rumor to check: Is Xi Jinping under house arrest in Beijing? When Xi was in Samarkand recently, leaders from the Communist Party of China were rumored to have removed Xi from being in charge of the Party Army. Then he became under house arrest. So the rumor goes,” Swamy wrote on his Twitter account.

Meanwhile, former Defense Department official for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, Drew Thompson, took to Twitter to call the rumors of Xi Jinping’s coup a ‘total lie’.

Thompson said, the rumor that the president had been arrested had a reason because this was a sensitive political moment in the Bamboo Curtain Country.

News of this coup spread when the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will hold its annual national congress on October 16. Some observers believe Xi will be re-elected as President of China for the third time at the congress. However, Thompson thinks there is a possibility of a resurgence of opposition to Xi’s regime.

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