After Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and President of China, returned to Beijing from Uzbekistan overnight on the 16th, rumors about "Xi Jinping's house arrest" and "Zhongnanhai coup" continued. Less than three weeks are left before the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Beijing is afraid of the ferment of speech and has activated public opinion to maintain stability. .


[Compiled by Yang Fuyi/Taipei Report] With less than 3 weeks to go before the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China), just before the list of 2,296 party representatives was released on the 25th, rumors about "Xi Jinping being placed under house arrest" appeared Hot searches on Twitter, coupled with the wild rumors of the "Zhongnanhai coup d'etat" in the media, prompted Chinese officials to implement public opinion stability maintenance amid fears of fermenting speeches.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported today (26) that Song Ping, a 105-year-old CCP veteran and former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, delivered a congratulatory message to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Jiangsu COSCO Foundation for Helping the Elderly by video on September 12, saying, " "Reform and opening up is the only way for China's development." He instantly became an Internet celebrity, and a large number of Chinese social media at home and abroad quoted him as saying that the older generation of the CCP was working together to prevent Xi Jinping's re-election.

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In addition, after Chinese President Xi Jinping returned to Beijing from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit held in Uzbekistan at midnight on September 16, his personal moving images have been absent from the front page of China's official media "People's Daily" for 10 days, triggering speculation and interpretation. , including "the CCP elders launched a coup", "Xi Jinping has lost his freedom", etc.

A Chinese media executive who requested anonymity told Radio Free Asia that Song Ping’s remarks are still not officially reported by Chinese state media, and previous reports on some websites have been censored; The reporting scale, scale, and constraints of the event have not been loosened.

Facing the "Zhongnanhai coup d'etat" and "the old comrades save the country and the people at a critical moment" that have been hotly searched at home and abroad, the Chinese media executive, who did not want to be named, directly denied it.

The report pointed out that Xinhua News Agency's internal information showed that after "old comrade Zhongnanhai coup" became a hot search term on Twitter and attracted the attention of European and American media, Chinese officials also quickly carried out "public opinion stabilization", including the official account "Old Reporter has something to say". He was immediately banned on Saturday (24th), and may be purged by Xinhua News Agency for the first time, mainly because Beijing officials are worried that such rumors will ferment and detonate a crisis under the background of high-pressure clearing.

Deutsche Welle (DW) quoted an article published by the Austrian "Standard" on the 25th, stating that the Chinese Communist Party is often described as a black box, and one needs to know this in order to understand "the rumors circulating on the Internet since last Friday: It is said that President Xi Jinping has been deprived of He was placed under house arrest in Zhongnanhai, Beijing."

The article said the rumor was spread by a former Indian minister with more than 10 million followers, with the hashtags "#whereisxi" and "#chinacoup" circulating on Twitter, along with a lot of ridicule and sarcasm against the rumor.

The article concludes by pointing out that there is currently no reliable information to support the above-mentioned rumors, nor any form of information to deny them, "These messages prove two things: on the one hand, the power and persistence of rumors on social networking sites, and on the other hand, The opaque structure of the Chinese Communist Party".