Fact Check: Has Xi Jinping Been Arrested?

Following an absence from public view since mid-September, rumors began spreading on social media that Chinese President Xi Jinping had been arrested. Xi’s alleged disappearance combined with a number of canceled flights in China, prompted claims that a military coup was underway.

Xi put these rumors to rest Tuesday, making a public appearance in Beijing alongside six other leaders of the Chinese Communist regime. Additionally, Xi’s name was on the list of delegates for the 20th Party Congress published by the Chinese Communist Party, where Xi is expected to be elected to a third term as president.

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  • The Economist has a great podcast series out right now called "The Prince," about Xi. I understand that the arrest rumors were false but I would be interested to know if there's a connection between his recent absence and the upcoming party congress. Back in 2011 before he was named president, he also went missing for sometime only to reappear later as if nothing happened. Just thought the connection was interesting.

    1. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/09/11/160941259/the-mysterious-case-of-chinas-disappearing-xi-jinping