Whack-A-Leader: JZ Pops Up at Commie Concert, NK’s Kim Missing… What’s Going On?!

Jiang Zemin just popped up in this game of Whack-A-Leader, while Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao got whacked, as did North Korea's Kim Jong-un. (Vision Times)
Jiang Zemin just popped up in this game of Whack-A-Leader, while Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao got whacked, as did North Korea's Kim Jong-un. (Vision Times)

Has anyone else noticed some weird shufflings going on in the upper ranks of communist governments lately?

It’s barely two months since the Chinese Communist Party announced a corruption probe into ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who was a protege of former chairman Jiang Zemin.

But at a Beijing concert on Sept. 29, the 88-year-old Jiang was seen sitting next to current leader Xi Jinping, whose more recently retired counterparts—former premier Wen Jiabao and former president Hu Jintao—were nowhere to be seen.

State mouthpiece Xinhua heralded the event as marking the 65th anniversary of the “new China” aka the People’s Republic of China. Analysts say the Party was trying to put on a united front against the Hong Kong protests.

Meanwhile, not far away in North Korea, Kim Jong-un has reportedly not been seen for almost a month, and people are beginning to wonder where he’s gone.

Rumors on Sina Weibo about a coup have been stifled by Chinese censors. More light-hearted explanations range from a bout of gout to broken ankles from weight gain, or too much walking in Cuban heels.

These leadership shifts seem more than coincidental… What do you think is going on behind the scenes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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