|Xi at China Agricultural University today|
While there wasn't any footage, there were pictures of him marking national science day by visiting China Agricultural University.
From the pictures it looks like Xi does not have a slumped face so perhaps there was no stroke or Bell's Palsy.
Was it his back?
Or was he trying to watch his back politically?
The Telegraph gives the suggestion through sources that Xi was under attack by senior supporters of President Hu Jintao.
Apparently Qiao Shi, 87 and Song Ping, 95 accused Xi of breaking the rules by meeting with members of the Central Military Commission twice while Hu was in Hong Kong in July.
They allegedly deemed Xi "unreliable" and even suggested the party congress be significantly delayed. According to sources, the in-fighting was apparently so intense that former president Jiang Zemin had to mediate.
Xi was not Hu's first choice to succeed him and there are already tensions between them because of their differing backgrounds.
While Hu is a technocrat, Xi is a princeling, though according to sources, the latter is making an effort to bridge the divide.
"Song Ping and the other elders are suspicious of Xi and the other princelings because they are not obedient," says the source. "They saw these princelings grow up and know the difference between them and Hu and Wen Jiabao, who are more polite and less personally ambitious."
That's what we know from the outside though. We know their family members are profiting from their high positions in government...
So was the illness faked to give Xi time to defend his integrity or he was forced to "disappear" to test his credibility?
The next few days and weeks will give us a better indication of what's going on as we're all dying of curiosity to know what's going to happen!
Meanwhile China Agricultural University is near Liangmaqiao where the Japanese embassy is and was the site of violent protests against the Japanese government buying the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands from a Japanese owner.
Protesters were out in force not only in Beijing, but also Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
Japanese cars were smashed and people don't want to be caught eating in a Japanese restaurant either or buying Japanese goods.
One wonders if these anti-Japanese protests are used to distract the public from the succession issues at hand or to stoke up nationalistic fervour in the run-up to the National People's Congress?