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What really happened to Xi Jinping

The truth about the disappearance of China's next leader

By Mark Kitto  

After Xi Jinping disappeared for two weeks in September, rumours surrounded the Chinese politician (photo: Leon Panetta)

For almost a fortnight in early September, Xi Jinping disappeared. The next leader of China, due to be anointed at the Communist party’s 18th Congress (which starts on 8th November), could not be seen in public or in the official Chinese media. It was as if he had been airbrushed from the podium above the Tiananmen gate before he’d even stepped onto it.

All mainland Chinese news sources were…

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