Xi Jinping: Under House Arrest?

Xi Jinping: Under House Arrest?

Xi Jinping: Under House Arrest?

Rumors have been swirling out of Indian social media that Chinese President Xi Jinping may be under house arrest. As of this writing, American media has largely ignored this, perhaps because these are, after all, just rumors. Or perhaps it’s because major US media has corporate ties with Beijing. Who knows?


How the Xi Jinping Rumors Started

The rumors began, however, not through Indian social media, but through a Twitter post by Jennifer Zeng, contributor to the Epoch Times. She had noticed a line of Peoples Liberation Army vehicles some 80 km long traveling to Beijing. Zeng also posited the rumor about Xi Jinping being under house arrest.

Former Indian Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament, and Harvard economics professor Subramanian Swamy also had questions:

Media in New Delhi reported that the Beijing airport cancelled some 6000 flights, both domestic and international. Indian defense affairs writer Saurav Jha also noticed a lack of flights, tweeting:

“Of direct concern to us here in India. Many Flights to Lhasa Gonggar are also being cancelled. We have to see if there is an uptick in military air traffic over the Tibetan plateau or not.”

The Tibetan plateau is a hot spot between China and India, where the two countries have engaged in a military stand-off for the past two years.

An IT professional in India also posted this image from Flightradar.com:Xi Jinping/flights


Indian media also pointed out that while Xi attended the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Uzbekistan last week, he kept a low profile. Plus, he did not engage in one-to-one meetings with Vladimir Putin nor with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speculation is also buzzing that Xi left the SCO meeting hurriedly after he heard whispers of an internal coup within the Chinese Communist Party. He also told Putin that he could not attend their planned informal dinner due to Covid concerns.

The things that make you go hmmmm.


Hold On — Not Everyone Believes the Rumors

Some China-watchers wave off these rumors — Xi Jinping is merely complying with China’s strict Zero Covid Policy and is keeping himself in quarantine.

Then there’s China expert Aadil Brar, who also tweeted that there’s nothing to see here. It’s business as usual in China.

Brar added:

“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 rumour.”

He also threw shade at reporting from Jennifer Zeng and the Epoch Times:

Meanwhile, here in the US, China-watcher Gordon Chang at conservative Newsmax thinks that Xi Jinping isn’t under house arrest, either. However, something is definitely brewing in China, he says.


What is Going On with Xi Jinping?

Short answer: No one really knows.

First, the Epoch Times is strongly anti-China, due to the Times’ roots in Falun Gong, a religious practice which the Chinese Communist Party has outlawed. The CCP has also persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, even harvesting their organs.  So yes, they definitely have an axe to grind, and are eager to report on any possible coup against Xi Jinping.

As for India: that nation despises China, especially since both nations have clashed in the Himalayas.

On the other hand, Aadil Brar also seems suspect in his waving off of any problems in China. A cursory look at his Twitter feed and some of his past articles show a definite pro-Beijing bias. And, as author and attorney Michael Senger has shown at his Substack and in his book Snake Oil: How Xi Jinping Shut Down the World, the Chinese Communist Party are masters at using outside media for their benefit.

But who knows what’s going on in Beijing? Is it too much to hope that a coup can remove Xi Jinping from power?

Meanwhile, keep your eyes on Russia and Iran. And pray that those people can soon emerge from under the shackles of Vladimir Putin and the Ayatollah Khamenei.


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