More Rumors Swirl on Status of China's Absent VP

Sep 13, 2012 Full story: US News & World Report 8

New rumors about health problems facing China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping swirled Thursday as the government continued to stonewall on commenting on his condition or whereabouts 12 days after he dropped from sight.

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Brooklyn, NY

#1 Sep 14, 2012
True. The world's future leaders should be more accountable to the world's people!

Shenzhen, China

#2 Sep 14, 2012
True. The world's future leaders should be more accountable to the world's people!
Back problems. Back in public this weekend.

Delta, Canada

#3 Sep 14, 2012
all these anti china losers crying about China being a communist country...

now are talking about just 1 guy

Since: Jul 11

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#4 Sep 14, 2012
Back problems happen when you are strung up in an interrogation room.

They'll clean him up, show him briefly, and then *poof.* Or get a double, if he's already deceased.

Since: Jul 11

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#5 Sep 14, 2012
"Analysts say the Chinese political ship is adrift, with factions jockeying to shape an impending Papal--er, Communist Party conclave.

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#6 Sep 14, 2012
The most obvious sign of discord is that the dates for the congress have not been set. Most political experts here expected it to be held in mid-October, but without an official announcement, some are predicting it will be delayed.

“We hear that the congress will be held in late October or early November,” a security official from southern China said.“Currently we’re planning for that.”

One reason for the delay, the experts say, is what now appears to have been a contentious meeting in early August at the seaside resort of Beidaihe, China. According to the official script, this was to have been the final big meeting before the congress of leaders from the party’s various factions: the military, big state enterprises, descendants of revolutionary families, leaders of critical Communist Party organizations and others. The details of the congress were to be finalized at Beidaihe and the dates announced later in August.

Instead, according to information that is slowly leaking out, the Beidaihe meeting and other sessions beforehand in Beijing were especially tense.“The atmosphere was very bad, and the struggles were very intense,” said a political analyst with connections to the party’s nerve center, the General Office.

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#7 Sep 14, 2012
Zhou Yongkang successfully developed (well, cultivated) a strong, anti-Beijing faction within the so-called "security" forces.

This faction was so powerful, in fact, it was able to stage a near-coup, with security/paramilitary duking it out with palace guards.

Anyone who thinks this military faction will just accept Xi Jinping to replace Hu, is not looking at the whole picture.

Who has the finger on the nukes? That's the main question; possibly, it is not Hu.

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Sep 14, 2012
Meanwhile, US is under siege all around the world. Get a clue.

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