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Xi Jinping's Resurfacing Quells Rumors

Xi Jinping, who's tipped to become the next leader of China's ruling Communist Party, ended days of speculation on Saturday, after appearing in public in Beijing since going missing earlier this month. State-run Xinhua News Agency issued a brief report in English with a photograph showing Xi attending an event at the China Agricultural University. Prior to his public appearance, there had been no official mention of Xi for two weeks. It sent the rumor mills flying on China's internet, with speculations about his health, and even an assassination attempt. Xi appeared to be well on Saturday. Xi Jinping's unexplained absence also raised questions about the current state of the Communist Party leadership, which is in the midst of a tough political crisis ahead of a power transition. NTD's senior China analyst, Wen Zhao, says Xi's appearance will quell some of those concerns. [Wen Zhao, NTD Senior China Analyst] "By showing him in public, and attending events, [the Communist Party] is trying to show that he is still healthy, and there are no issues with him taking over as the next leader. They want to calm people's heart and pave the way for a smooth 18th Party Congress." Now that he's back, Xi will meet with visiting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. He's also slated to attend an event at the 9th China-ASEAN expo later this month. Beijing has not given an explanation for Xi's absence. This official secrecy is drawing unease in the international community over the lack of <b>...</b>
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