Purges, A Plot And The Real Reason Why Xi Jinping Might Be Afraid To Leave China (Sydney Morning Herald Editorial)

Purges, A Plot And The Real Reason Why Xi Jinping Might Be Afraid To Leave China (Sydney Morning Herald Editorial)

Andrew H. Sweet

Sensationally, Xi has moved decisively against two of the topmost officials responsible for China's internal security, a serving and a former vice-minister of public security, in less than a week.

One of them, Fu Zhenghua, served as vice-minister until October 2 and as China's Justice Minister. He was in charge of China's police, secret police, prosecution, and the court system, putting him at the pinnacle of the country's political-legal apparatus. Japan's Nikkei newspaper described him as "the man who knew too much of Xi's power plays."

But perhaps the most dramatic revelation in recent weeks was the publication of two articles last month outlining a foiled police plot against Xi.

The exact nature of the plot isn't clear – the reports didn't mention whether they planned to swoop and arrest the President or to do something more grievous. The Lowy Institute's Richard McGregor points out that wherever he moves in China, his bodyguard unit has "a lot of people" around him.

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