China’s Former Leader Hu Jintao’s Unexpected Exit Fuels Speculation

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Former Chinese president Hu Jintao was unexpectedly escorted out of the closing ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Saturday without explanation. Hu’s unanticipated exit fueled the speculations from his poor health condition to Xi Jinping’s political purge. As speculation swirled overseas, the official Xinhua News Agency tweeted in English a few hours later that Hu was not in good health and needed to rest. However, Bill Bishop, longtime China watcher, wrote in his newsletter that the incident is “a perfect symbol of Xi’s absolute decimation of” Hu’s remaining faction.