Former Chinese president Hu Jintao leaves his seat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, during the closing ceremony of the congress on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao leaves his seat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, during the closing ceremony of the congress on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao’s congress exit a break from the Communist Party script

  • The reason for Hu’s departure from the closing ceremony is unclear and prompted widespread discussion online
  • The rest of the two-hour event went much as expected with the unveiling of the new Central Committee

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao leaves his seat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, during the closing ceremony of the congress on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao leaves his seat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, during the closing ceremony of the congress on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
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