Drama at the CCP summit: Hu Jintao, Xi’s predecessor, was pulled out.

Sitting next to President Xi Jinping, former Chinese President Hu Jintao was abruptly escorted out of the Chinese Communist Party meeting’s closing ceremony on Saturday.

The 79-year-old, who served as Xi’s immediate predecessor, was sat to the Chinese president’s left when two men who appeared to be security personnel entered and ordered him out of his seat.

The ceremony put an end to a week-long parliament gathering that confirmed Xi’s election to a third term, making him the most powerful person in China since Mao Zedong.

Targeting Taiwan, XI Jinping urges China to develop a “world-class military.”

Social media users shared video of the startlingly uncommon episode, which raised concerns about why the former president, who presided from 2003 to 2013, was forcibly led away.

As Xi turned to face him, AFP video showed an official attempting to violently pull Hu from his seat. Hu then put his hand on a piece of paper that was sitting on top of Xi’s folder, but the Chinese leader instantly placed his palm there to stop him from grabbing it.

Li Zhanshu, China’s senior lawmaker, who was seated to Hu’s left, gave the security officer Hu’s file.


Hu stood up, and Li wiped his forehead with a handkerchief.
Hu was taken out of his seat, but Xi didn’t immediately observe it; instead, he sat with his head cocked, listening to what was happening.
Hu spoke to Xi and patted the back of his right arm, giving the impression that he did not want to leave the gathering.