Former Chinese President Hu Jintao was unexpectedly kicked out of the closing ceremony on Saturday.In a dramatic moment that interrupted the highly choreographed event. State media said late Saturday that Hu was “not feeling well” when he was taken out but had “recovered” after some rest.
The frail-looking 79-year-old appeared reluctant to leave the front row of proceedings in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where he sat next to the president..
A steward tried to shake the seated Hu by his hand. The steward then tried to lift Hoo up from the baglekha with both hands.
After about a minute of exchange, in which Hu Xi and Premier Li Keqiang spoke briefly, they were escorted out of the hall.
A sitting Sheila was filmed holding a paper on a desk as Hu tried to catch them.
Hu patted Lee on the shoulder as they left, as most of their teammates stared intently ahead.
Later, state news agency Xinhua said On Twitter: “Xinhuanet reporter Liu Jiawen has learned that Hu Jintao insisted on attending the closing session… even though he has recently been taking time off to recuperate.
“When he was unwell during the session, his staff, for his health, accompanied him to a room next to the meeting place to rest. Now he is much better,” Xinhua said. said.
The week-long congress took place mostly behind closed doors, but Hu’s departure came after reporters were allowed to cover the closing ceremony.
Hu’s exit came before the 2,300 delegates in Congress voted unanimously to approve Xi’s “core” leadership position.
“Power politics on full display,” Ian Bremer, president of the Eurasia Group consultancy, said on Twitter With a video showing Hu’s departure.
Neil Thomas, senior China analyst at Eurasia Group, said the incident could be “or unfortunately a senior moment that has expired” after Xi’s defiance.
“Whether he was deliberate, or he was sick, the result is the same. A complete disgrace to the last generation of Xi’s leadership,” Tweeted Analyst Alex White.
Search results for “Hu Jintao” on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo appeared heavily censored Saturday afternoon, with the most recent results Friday and posts limited to official accounts.
Xi is all but certain that on Sunday he will be formally announced as the party’s general secretary for another five years.
This would allow him to reach a third term as China’s president, due to be announced during the government’s annual legislative session in March.
After taking over from Hu a decade ago, Xi has become China’s most authoritarian leader since Mao Zedong.
Xi has crushed opposition to his rule within the party, imprisoned many of his rivals on corruption charges, and shown no tolerance for public dissent of any kind.