In the Great Hall of the People …
Scandal? Health?, Re-education camp for grandpa?, emergency with his wife?; we don’t know. But never mind the reason, the following five years will be owned by Xi Jingping and team.
This was extremely embarassing – high drama in China, to say the least: former President Hu Jintao was removed from the Great Hall of the People, and left an empty seat to the left of Xi Jinping, at the close of the 20th Party Congress. These types of events in China are highly choreographed and I don’t think we can speculate about a visible scandal.
NO ONE really knows the reason: kind of a state secret. Speculation in the Chinese net is at fever pitch.
It could be merely a health issue, considering how frail Hu really is.
Or it could be a graphic image promoting the shock of the new, the CPC version: Hu is now out of the Politburo, and so is his protege, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, whose two terms have ended.
Tomorrow is the Big Day. The new 205 members of the Central Committee have already been announced. They will elect the new Politburo Standing Committee – the Magnificent 7 that REALLY rule.
A correspondent says he expects that not even a sniff of the west will remain.