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Chinese ex-president Hu Jintao escorted out of congress – BBC News

Chinese ex-president Hu Jintao escorted out of congress – BBC News



Chinese former leader Hu Jintao has been led out of the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress.

The 79-year-old was sitting beside President Xi Jinping when he was approached and led away by officials. No explanation was given.

After its week-long congress, the party is expected to confirm Mr Xi, 69, for a historic third term.

The event, held in Beijing every five years, cemented his position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

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