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China's likely new leader to deliver speech on weekend: report

2012/09/14 22:11:53

New York, Sept. 13 (CNA) China's expected new leader Xi Jinping, who has not been seen in public since Sept. 1, is expected to make a speech this weekend, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The newspaper said it received the information from two anonymous Chinese academics who advise the government.

The report cited other sources as saying that Xi recently suffered a mild heart attack or a stroke which forced him to cancel all public activities, including a scheduled meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sept. 5.

However, the report cited a scholar as saying a relative of Xi had told the scholar he had heard nothing about Xi being sick.

The scholar maintained that Xi's lack of public appearances was likely more to do with the unsettled political situation in China at the moment.

At an annual meeting of Chinese leaders in Beidaihe, Hebei Province last month, the atmosphere was very bad and the struggles were very intense, according to a political analyst close to the party's nerve center, the General Office.

Participants at the meeting met to try and finalize the agenda for the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year.

However, the proposed list of new leaders was not circulated, and there were no policy outlines on critical issues, a scholar was quoted as saying.

The leaders could not decide the dates of the congress, much less the details to be discussed, the scholar said.

The struggle is still raging and there is no end in sight, the scholar added.

(By Leaf Chiang and Maubo Chang)
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