“A picture is worth a thousand words”. A month ago, social media was filled with sensational claims about the Chinese president Jinping. We at TFI had reported that ‘Xi Jinping is under house arrest’ based on reports coming out from China. Chinese netizens stormed their social media timelines with pieces that Beijing is under military seizure and the city is cut off from the world. It was rumored that former Chinese President Hu Jintao had taken responsibility for throwing Xi out of power. But, these claims were crushed one week later as the megalomaniac Xi came back in the open, and Beijing all of a sudden resumed its day-to-day life.
The world mocked the house arrest claims as Xi Jinping resumed his power-grab mission at the helm. But, what happened last week at the 20th Chinese Congressional summit has made the ‘so-called’ geopolitics experts cold-sweat. The insult by Xi to his former mentor has made it likely that Hu Jintao unquestionably did something against the megalomaniac.
Hu was thrown out of the summit!
As the critical meetup to elect Xi Jinping for the third term was going on, former Chinese president Hu Jintao was escorted out of the meeting by CCP officials in front of Xi Jinping. These visuals came as a surprise to many in the world. Hu Jintao, who was as per customs, sitting left to Xi Jinping was suddenly asked to leave the grand hall. Firstly, Hu denied leaving and then approached his hand to a piece. Then all of sudden, Xi grabbed the paper and spoke something to him. Then, Xi Jinping’s staffers promptly got Hu up from his seat and directed him out the door. When the media was finally permitted to enter and capture live footage of the election, this event unfolded.
Hu spoke with Premier Li Keqiang and Xi as he was being dragged away. He gave Li a shoulder pat as if to express his sorrow, whereas, Xi kept a complete schtum on his ouster. Shortly after, Li Keqiang was also removed from the premiership of China. One needs to understand that this humiliation by Xi Jinping is undoubtedly a big deal. Xi has been ruthless in destroying any opposition to himself and his faction in an ongoing endeavor to consolidate all power in his hands. It looks clear that the CCP is riven by factionalism.
Whereas, Hu is the leader of the “tuanpai” or populists group, which consists of former members of the Communist Youth League. The Chinese officials have kept complete silence on Hu Jintao’s‘ public humiliation’ and why did Xi Jinping do it. But, the answer could be Hu’s rumored attempt to oust Xi ahead of the congressional summit.
Hu wanted Xi out?
A few weeks ago, when the news of Xi Jinping’s house arrest had started to pour in, media reports claimed that this is all Hu Jintao’s doing. According to News Highland Vision, former Chinese President, Hu Jintao and former Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao had persuaded 105-year-old Song Ping, a former member of the Standing Committee to retake control of the Central Guard Bureau (CGB).
For the unaware, CGB provides close personnel protection to members of the Politburo Standing Committee and other CCP leaders. The committee is also responsible for the protection of Xi Jinping. It was stressed as Xi landed back in Beijing, Xi Jinping was detained at the airport and most probably is currently being held under house arrest in Zhongnanhai’s house on the orders of Hu Jintao. To solidify these claims, reports of Beijing being under lockdown and cancellation of 6,000 domestic flights international flights also came in. Also, all tickets sold by the high-speed rail were suspended, and the rail was completely stopped until further notice. The world was hoping for an end to the Chinese dictator, but, Xi came into public a week later, with reports of the mass execution of his opponents. Hence, the reports of House arrest were fallen flat.
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The rumor theories were thought to be nothing more than “pipe dreams.” However, Hu Jintao’s public insult has once more prompted worries that Xi harbors hostility toward Hu Jintao. Perhaps Hu Jintao tried to permanently remove Xi as a megalomaniac and restore the CCP to its former glory. If such is the case, Hu Jintao was without a doubt a bold man who stood for millions of Chinese people and wished to put an end to Xi’s horrible period of turning China into a “surveillance state.”