Saturday, March 24, 2012

China Coup Rumors rife despite Chinese censors

Beijing (CNN) -- Earlier this week, I got an email from a nephew who lives in Japan.

"The Washington Times is reporting coup rumors in Beijing due to the ouster of Bo Xilai," he wrote. "The article talks about tanks and shooting. Be careful!"

He was referring to a spate of alarming reports about a possible military coup in the Middle Kingdom. There were rumors of tanks entering Beijing, roads blocked and shots being fired in the city.

For days these unsubstantiated rumors circulated on the Internet and Weibo, China's Twitter-like micro-blogging service.

This online hysteria came hard on the heels of the shock dismissal last week of Communist Party politburo member and Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai. Read More