When Wang Lijun fled to the U.S. Consulate, he revealed a political coup directed by the Jiang faction (Jiang Zemin is the former Party chief of the Chinese Communist Party). Due to fear and anger, Zeng Qinghong, the former Vice President, tried twice to assassinate Xi Jinping.
Meanwhile, infighting from various groups intensified within the Chinese Communist Party.
Jiang was the mastermind
After Bo Xilai was arrested, the Jiang faction—the group of leaders tied closely to Jiang Zemin when he was in power—knew that the fire was about to burn them. In order to save their own skins, Zeng Qinghong and Zhou Yongkang, under the direction of Jiang Zemin, planned to assassinate Xi.
The first attempt occurred during the Beidaihe “sumer summit” Conference in August 2012, right after Zhou Yongkang was criticized by retired cadres. A time bomb was placed in the conference room.
The second attempt was by injecting poison into Xi during his physical check up at the 301 hospital.
Out of fear for his safety, Xi moved to the West Hill military commander center, dropping out of sight from the Beidaihe conference and disappearing before the 18th National People’s Conference.
Tan Hong, Zhou Yongkang’s assistant and guard, implemented these plans, and he was arrested by the Central Guard Bureau after the incidents were brought to light.