Beijing has been home to a series of mysteries this past week, chief among them the disappearance from public view of the presumptive next head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping and the high-ranking CCP member He Guoqiang. Now comes a report from Hong Kong that Xi is healthy, while He is back in the public eye.
Xi’s disappearance in particular has sparked intense speculation, with his absence from public view attributed variously to an assassination attempt, a stroke, a heart attack, mild illness, a bad back, and disagreement with the U.S. policy on the South China Sea.
On Sept. 12, the Hong Kong Sun Affairs weekly published an exclusive report stating that a relative of Xi Jinping and another source say that Xi is healthy. According to Sun Affairs, Xi is guiding the political situation, is busy preparing for the 18th Party Congress, and planning on promoting political reform.
Sun Affairs says it received a text message believed to be from Xi’s relative that said, “[He] is well. All is good. Rest assured.”
The Epoch Times could not confirm the Sun Affairs report, and Xi has not appeared in public since Sept. 1.
He Guoqiang, a member of Politburo’s Standing Committee and head of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, made an appearance on the state-run CCTV on Sept. 12 after having disappeared from the public for 10 days.
Rumors had spread through Beijing that both He and Xi had suffered separate car accidents on Sept. 4, and had each been injured.
According to insiders, He is a central figure in processing the case against disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, and is currently soliciting and balancing opinions among the CCP elite about the case.
An insider source close to CCP leaders said, Bo Xilai will be expelled from the Party in October, and will be tried at the Guizhou Intermediate People’s Court. Xi’s chief of staff Li Zhanshu comes from Guizhou.
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Editor’s Note: When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing to participate in the persecution any longer. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.