Ahead of a crucial meeting of the 20th National Conference of the Communist Party of China, rumors of a coup and the arrest of President Xi Jinping have been circulating.
Several Twitter accounts claimed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had taken control and that 6,000 international and domestic flights had been stopped. Although there was no official statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the Communist Party of China (CPC) elected all delegates for the Oct. 16 meeting, where President XI is expected to secure an unprecedented third term.
To discuss these developments in China, CNBC-TV18 spoke with Ananth Krishnan, China correspondent for The Hindu. Krishnan said it was quite surreal to see speculation on social media when there was no evidence to suggest any of these rumors being spread.
He said there are no extraordinary military movements in Beijing. Life in the Chinese capital over the weekend was normal, he said.
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