Escorted out of the Chinese Communist Party Congress by two security men: this is what happened to former Chinese president Hu Jintao. The former leader sat next to Xi Jinping.
Escorted out of the hall by two men during the closing ceremony of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China and taken away without any explanation. This is what happened to Hu Jintao, a 79-year-old former Chinese leader who sat right next to President Xi Jinping during the convention.
The incident is to be framed in a series of historical upheavals for the Chinese Communist Party. Four of the seven members of the outgoing Politburo Standing Committee, in fact, have been excluded from the new Central Committee: they are its former president Li Zhanshu, its vice president Han Zheng and Wang Yang. The Communist Party of China also amended its Constitution, making Xi its “core”.
The latest Communist Party congress will confirm Xi Jinping for a third term, making him the de facto most influential leader in China since Mao Zedong. Hu Jintao held the post of president between 2003 and 2013. After leaving the presidency, he had always supported Xi Jinping’s work as leader of the country and the CCP.
It is not clear what happened to the former Chinese president, escorted by two security men out of the hall where the closing ceremony of the Congress was being held.
During the convention, Xi Jinping, who currently represents the face and center of Communist Party politics, stressed that the crushing of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement as “the end of chaos”. The Chinese president also said the government is not afraid to use force to take Taiwan.
“We are not afraid to use force to reunite Taiwan with the motherland – he reiterated during the opening speech of the Congress -. The reunification of the country will certainly take place and will take place by any means”.