Has anyone else noticed some weird shufflings going on in the upper ranks of communist governments lately?
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?
— WSJ China Real Time (@ChinaRealTime) September 30, 2014
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 30, 2014
http://t.co/f7nyz6Uq8t WACKY NORTH KOREA AGAIN.
— Panda Steve (@ikralla) September 30, 2014
— jorge Jimenez (@morphos_is) September 30, 2014