An open letter circulating online since last week calls for an emergency, expanded meeting of the Politburo to discuss “Xi’s issues” and to decide if he should step down from his leadership of party, government and military.
The letter says Xi’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic should be discussed, but also the trade war with the U.S. and his fueling of mistrust of China in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The letter was shared to WeChat by Chen Ping, founder of Hong Kong-based broadcaster SunTV, according to Deutsche Welle and Radio Taiwan International.
Chen wrote in a WeChat post: “I saw it in a WeChat group, and I felt that it was moderate and rational, so I reposted it.”
“But I don’t know who wrote it,” he said. “A lot of other people reposted this anonymous letter online.”