BEIJING (AP) — China’s missing leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has been mentioned in an official newspaper report in state media’s only reference to him since he dropped from sight 12 days ago.
Xi was listed in Thursday’s Guangxi Daily newspaper along with President Hu Jintao and other top officials in its report on the death of 102-year-old former general Huang Rong. It said only that Xi, along with the others, had expressed their condolences “through various means.”
Xi, China’s vice president, is due to take over as Communist Party leader later this year and as president in the spring.
The government has offered no information on why he dropped from sight and canceled several public appearances, sparking rumors of a heart attack or stroke and raising questions about the stability of the succession process.