Xi Jinping's punctuality #FAIL wins him Twitter hashtag

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 1:12pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 1:12pm

China now has a new leader - seven and not nine, to be exact, now that Xinhua has made an official statement.

The announcement was originally set for 11am, but Xi Jinping and the rest of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) didn't glide onto stage until just before 12.

Not only did China watchers get antsy during the wait but even official mouthpiece Xinhua appears to have gotten fed up too, as the Communist Party's new PSC lineup and heads of the Central Military Commission and Central Commission for Discipline Inspection were announced on Twitter several minutes before they appeared on state broadcaster CCTV's live broadcast of the quick press meeting.

Twitter probably was the right choice of venue to break the news - Xi immediately started getting some love as stepped up to the microphone, even a man crush - and a search on Sina Weibo for Xi's name still excludes 'tweets' from individual users.

The anticipation of waiting even got Xi his own hashtag, an oblique reference to his still-unexplained disappearance in September this year. Here's some of what's people are tweeting under #WhyXiJinpingIsLate: