According to some reports in China, cited by the Daily Mail, the 68-year-old head of the Chinese regime would have an aneurysm and would have refused brain surgery to follow a traditional medicine treatment.
According to the ANI news agency, Xi was reportedly taken to a hospital late last year after doctors found a bulging blood vessel in his brain.
Brain aneurysm is a disease that occurs when a bulge forms in one of the blood vessels in the brain. This balloon-shaped bulge appears at the weakest point of the brain’s blood vessel, which, as it expands, it ruptures and bleeds into the brain resulting in a subarachnoid hemorrhage and can cause a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke.
The problem that Xi could face, if the rumors are confirmed, is that bleeding occurs. According to the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “about 25 percent of people whose brain aneurysm has ruptured do not survive the first 24 hours; another 25 percent die of complications within 6 months. People who experience a subarachnoid hemorrhage may suffer permanent neurological damage. Other people recover with little or no disability,” he says.
The first reports of his health emerged during the first wave of COVID, when addressing a crowd in Shenzhen, observers noted his slowness of speech and cough. But the versions multiplied this year, when he avoided meeting international leaders during the Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Xi’s health has always been a closely guarded secret.
The report on his state of health comes at a time when the Chinese economy is under a lot of stress, partly due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and partly due to the “COVID zero” policy. It is that the Chinese president faces harsh internal criticism for his draconian measures of very harsh closures in the main Chinese cities, even when all international and health organizations have already warned that they are ineffective.
Under his orders, millions of people in Shanghai remain confined. The city government, in fact, has tightened restrictions in certain districts this week. In some areas, residential buildings and shops have been boarded up. Officials confiscated house keys to prevent isolation leaks, while empty homes of those placed under centralized quarantine have been turned upside down while being sprayed with disinfectant.
Washington Post warned that such measures threaten to alienate a population that has come to rely on what some scholars describe as the Communist Party’s implicit contract with the public: The leadership supports the economy, allows people to get rich, and stays out of daily affairs in exchange for political quiescence.
“The unspoken agreement between us has been broken,” said a Shanghai-based Chinese journalist who spoke on condition of anonymity to the US newspaper for fear of repercussions. “Originally, you let me live a happy life, I wouldn’t do things against your interests, but that kind of trust doesn’t exist anymore. I think that could be the biggest problem. [causado por el cierre]”.
The decision to maintain the current policy was also made because President Xi Jinping believes that China’s case reaching or zero would demonstrate his government’s superiority over Western democracies, particularly the United States., according to Lynette Ong, a professor of Chinese politics at the University of Toronto. “She’s gotten herself into a dead end where it’s hard to back down on her policy,” she said.
The politicized nature of the “zero COVID” policy is raising fears of Xi’s personal governing style, which is increasingly based on mass mobilizations in which each person is expected to follow orders. This reaffirmation of the party in the lives of ordinary citizens is drawing comparisons with dark periods of China’s past and raising fears that there is no longer room in society to live a quiet life without being interrupted by ideologically motivated campaigns. .