Social media is abuzz with claims of a coup in China, but the credibility of these claims is doubtful, claim experts. After returning from the SCO summit in Uzbekistan, speculation spread on the internet that Chinese President Xi Jinping had lost control.
With no official confirmation from the Chinese Communist Party or the state media and with all these updates from anonymous users, experts are confident that these rumours are just rumours and false speculations.
The last time the Chinese President was seen publicly was at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The summit was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
There's a chance that the Chinese premier will be in quarantine following the country's strict Zero Covid Policy Under the policy, every person entering China from abroad must undergo quarantine.
There are also unverified reports that very few passenger flights are flying over the Chinese capital and all trains and buses have been cancelled in the last few days.
Beijing Capital International Airport's website shows that some flights were cancelled, several others were scheduled, slightly delayed or had already landed.
China expert Aadil Brar shared flight data and said there was no disruption of flights. He also shared visuals of public briefings by senior Chinese officials, suggesting that the government is functioning normally.
Two former ministers were sentenced to death last week, and four officials were sent to life in jail last week in China. The six were part of a political faction'' according to reports. The Communist Party is currently running an anti-corruption campaign, and it is believed that the six were opponents of Jinping. The fact that 'anti-Xi' individuals are targeted is a strong indication that he is still in command.
There is no sign of a coup yet beyond the commentary on social media, according to some Chinese experts.