Chinese President Xi Jinping became one of the top trending subjects on Twitter amid baseless reports he is under house arrest and that China is in the midst of a military coup.
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Xi and the phrase #ChinaCoup trended on social media after tens of thousands of users circulate unconfirmed rumors that the president was confined and beaten by China’s People’s Liberation Army.
This hypothesis, which has not been examined by any respected sources, arrived as there are barely any commercial flights flying over the capital of Beijing on Saturday, with unverified reports declaring all trains and buses are also being canceled out of Beijing.
A widely shared video published on Twitter is also reported to show a line of military cars up to 80 kilometers long running into Beijing amid reports of a military coup on September 22.
However, The video is less than one minute long so does not show if the line of military vehicles extends 80 km. It is not guaranteed when or where it was filmed, or that the convoy is heading into Beijing as part of a military coup.
According to Newsweek, the rumor was also fueled by Indian politician Subramanian Swamy, who tweeted to his 10 million followers on Saturday.
President Xi was recently at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders’ conference in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where he held talks with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.