Zhang recently posted an explanation saying the microblog had no relationship with Xi, but that just triggered more suspicion, he said, adding in an interview that he now wanted to go further and reveal his identity to quell growing public speculation.
‘‘There’s so much guessing, and now by revealing myself I hope it will dispel everyone’s suspicions,’’ Zhang said.
Zhang said he relies on his instincts in deciding what to post to the account, and that he typically does not post photos from a location until Xi has moved on to his next stop.
Zhang said he has no idea if Xi approves of the fan club.
‘‘But so far, no government worker or police has come after me,’’ Zhang said. ‘‘That tells us they are getting more open, a sign the leadership is more open.’’
While the authorities have yet to issue an opinion on Zhang’s microblog, response from other media watchers has been generally positive.
The interest in Zhang’s microblog represents a desire to know more about the daily lives of high-level Chinese leaders, media commentator Liu Xuesong wrote in the Qianjiang Evening News, based in the southern city of Zhuhai.
‘‘In a way it also represents a dissatisfaction in the degree of transparency surrounding the news about top leaders and a dissatisfaction with the tempo and forms of expression of the traditional official media,’’ Liu wrote.