Chinese media cites 'missing' Xi as health rumours fly

Chinese media cites 'missing' Xi as health rumours fly

Saibal Dasgupta TNN

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14 September 2012

The Times of India - Pune Edition



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Beijing: Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping was mentioned in the state media 12 days after he disappeared from public view.

Xi, tipped to become the country's next president, was mentioned in a small report along with several Chinese leaders offering condolences over the death of 102-year-old former general Huang Rong last week.

The report said President Hu Jintao and other top officials expressed their condolences "through various means".

The state media did not carry any photograph or information about Xi's whereabouts.

For the fourth day, the Chinese foreign ministry refused to explain Xi's absence from public life despite repeated questioning by reporters.

Xi did not meet visiting US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt in the last 10 days.

This is unusual since he regularly met visiting foreign leaders and went to world capitals as part of his preparation for leadership change.

The absence fueled rumours about him suffering back injury or a mild heart attack.

Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights said on Thursday Xi was operated upon in a Beijing hospital for liver cancer.

The Various reports on Xi's health were however, not confirmed officially.

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