China leader-in-waiting vanishes, health scare suspected

By Carol Huang (AFP) – 1 hour ago

BEIJING — A health scare was the likely reason for the unexplained absence of Xi Jinping, as secrecy surrounding the man set to become China’s next leader fuelled intense speculation, experts said Tuesday.

Vice President Xi’s disappearance from public view comes at a crucial time for China with just weeks to go before he is expected to be named as the next leader of the Communist party in a generational handover of power.

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