Former Chinese President Hu Jintao was unexpectedly ejected from the closing ceremony on SaturdayIn a dramatic moment she disrupted the highly choreographed event. State media said late on Saturday that Hu “was not feeling well” when he was taken abroad, but was “much better” after getting some rest.
The frail 79-year-old seemed reluctant to leave the first row of sessions in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, sitting next to the president..
A host tried to get him to sit by his arm before she flicked him off. Then the host tried to lift him with both hands from under the armpit.
After an exchange of about a minute, in which Hu spoke briefly with Xi and Premier Li Keqiang, he was led out of the hall.
Shi was photographed sitting holding papers on the desk while he was trying to grab them.
He patted Lee on the shoulder as he left, while most of his colleagues stared firmly ahead.
Later, the official Xinhua News Agency He said on Twitter: “Xinhuanet reporter Liu Jiawen has learned that Hu Jintao insisted on attending the closing session… despite the fact that he took time to recover recently.
“When he was not feeling well during the session, his staff for his health escorted him to a room next to the meeting place to rest. Now, he is much better,” Xinhua said. He said.
The week-long conference mostly took place behind closed doors, but Ho’s departure came shortly after reporters were allowed to cover the closing ceremony.
Hu Jintao’s exit came just before 2,300 delegates at the congress voted unanimously to endorse Xi’s “essential” leadership position.
“The Politics of Power in Full View,” Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Consulting Group, He said on Twitter With a video showing his departure.
Neil Thomas, a senior China analyst at Eurasia Group, said the incident may have followed opposition to Xi “or simply an important moment, sadly timed”.
“Whether it was intentional, or ill, the effect is the same. The complete humiliation of the last generation of Pre-Shi leadership,” chirp Analyst Alex White.
Search results for “Hu Jintao” on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo appear to have been heavily censored on Saturday afternoon, with the latest result dated Friday and posts being restricted to those of official accounts.
Xi is certain that he will be officially announced on Sunday as the party’s general secretary for another five years.
That would allow him to move to a third term as China’s president, due to be announced during the government’s annual legislative sessions in March.
Since taking office from Hu Jintao a decade ago, Xi has become China’s most authoritarian leader since Mao Zedong.
Xi has crushed opposition to his rule within the party, many of his rivals have been jailed on corruption charges, and he has shown no tolerance for any form of public dissent.
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