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China's Absent VP Mentioned in News Report

13 September 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has been mentioned in an official newspaper report for the first time in 12 day. Xi was listed in Thursday’s Guangxi Daily newspaper along with other top officials in a report on the death of 102-year-old former general Huang Rong. Xi 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.—AP