China’s attempt to hide President Xi’s illness

A mysterious tweet yesterday by a Twitter account (@martpunished) exposed that the leader of China, President Xi Jinping is to undergo a surgery soon due to intracranial aneurysm.

Image from Twitter that is removed from public’s view

This tweet is now protected from public’s view. It is not clear if this was due to Twitter’s censorship or it was the account holder’s intention. Nonetheless, the news is confirmed by Lude Media in the 27th December broadcast.

As this story develops, it offers the perfect contrast between the two countries, China and the US, when it comes to handling news related to their respective country leader’s health.

China’s approach: hide and deflect from truth

The day after the news about Xi broke, Lude Media further exposed in the 28th December broadcast that Xi’s health condition has deteriorated significantly over the years and is now affecting his ability to hold onto his power as the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The Chinese media has been completely silent on the news about Xi’s health. In an attempt to deflect from the truth, the Chinese state media Xinhua published an article about Xi’s telephone conversation with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. This article emphasizes the strong relationship between China and Russia, implying that Russia is China’s reliable ally under any circumstance.

US’s approach: timely and transparent updates

The contrast cannot be clearer: when US President Donald Trump was diagnosed with Covid-19 (CCP virus) in early October, there was no hiding and deflection. The President himself made an announcement via his Twitter account, and the White House posts updates regularly on his treatment decision and recovery.

So far, the Chinese media has been silent on the allegation that President Xi is ill and in need of treatment. What is there to hide? Perhaps this has to do with the fundamental difference between an authoritarian regime, such as the CCP, and a democratically elected government that President Trump is part of.

In the case of the US, there is the Constitution and rule of law, which specifies what happens to the Presidential power in the event that the President is receiving treatment. The same cannot be said about China, President Xi is clearly worried about the ‘what-ifs’.

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