Chinese ex-president Hu Jintao escorted out of congress - BBC News
Now there have been some extraordinary scenes from China's ruling Communist Party
congress with former
Chinese leader Hujin Tao walking out of the closing ceremony in Beijing, as you can see here, the man who was sitting next to
President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People. when officials approached him, grabbed his arm and led him away, it's unclear what was behind the movement during what is usually a highly choreographed event, our correspondent Steve McDonald has more incredible scenes from Beijing there in the Great Hall of the town this morning and it has left a lot of people scratching their heads wondering what is going on.
I think to unpack this, it's probably best to take it chronologically, so the morning session was initially behind closed doors, then the second part of the last day in
Congress some journalists were allowed into the Great Hall of the people that
Jintao was sitting in the front row on stage, and then in front of the cameras, several officials arrived. g and said well, you could see the usher, you should go, it seems that he doesn't want to leave, but then he says something to Xi Jinping, who nods, tapped his Protégé Lika Chung on the shoulder and helped him off the stage . now there are only two possibilities, really one is that this is some kind of
Chinese power Politics on display with uh you know Xi Jinping out with the old man in with him uh you know there is such a thing and that was the initial feeling of people, You know, from the initial thought of what was really going on, although I think it most likely had something to do with his health because when you look at the footage a little bit earlier, when he's still sitting to his left on stage, other important figures at the party you can see there spinning they look a little worried about him and then when he stands up and the fact that he says something to Xi Jinping he nods I think he most likely has some kind of serious health problem and t That is why the former leader of China could not attend the last session of the
Congress of the Communist Party.