'Missing' Chinese VP to attend Asean meet

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who has "resurfaced" after disappearing from public view since Sep 1, will attend "some other important activities" at an Asean expo later this month.

The ninth China-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Expo will be held Sep 21- 25 in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang region, Xinhua reported on Sunday. Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei Sunday said Vice President Xi will attend the opening ceremony and "some other important activities".

Reuters

Xi, who disappeared ahead of a Communist Party congress, Saturday finally made a public appearance, putting to rest wild rumours about his state of health. He visited the Beijing-based China Agricultural University on the National Science Popularisation Day.

The leader had not been seen in public since Sep 1 when he was reported to have given a speech to a school in Beijing. Since then, there has been considerable speculation following the cancellation of a number of meetings with high-profile foreign dignitaries, including US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton Sep 5.

No official reasons were given for the cancellation of other appointments, including a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

CNN said the lack of an official comment fuelled rumours, including wild plot lines ranging from a car crash to an assassination attempt.

Other reports said Xi was sidelined by a suspected heart attack. None of the rumours were denied or confirmed.

IANS


Updated Date: Sep 16, 2012 14:42 PM

Also Watch

It's A Wrap: Omerta star Rajkummar Rao in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 Watch: National-level skater and coach Dhwanit Rele trains and nurtures budding athletes
  • Monday, May 14, 2018 FOMO Episode 1: Google Assistant, This is America, Sonam's wedding & Global Warming
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See