Former Chinese President Hu escorted out of CCP congress
The Chinese Communist Party's former secretary-general, Hu Jintao, is escorted out of the CCP's congress while it is in session.
Former Chinese President Hu Jintao was escorted out of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) Congress during the session's closing ceremony, the CCP said on Saturday.
Hu was the president of China from 2003 until 2013, serving two full five-year terms, and he was succeeded by Xi Jinping. The former Chinese president and CCP secretary-general was sitting to the left of his successor in the Great Hall of the People in the Chinese capital before two stewards came in and escorted him off the stage of the main auditorium.
Video footage published by Chinese media showed a steward trying to lift Hu from his seat as the latter refused to get up before putting his hand on a paper placed on top of Xi's folder.
Early drama: Hu Jintao seen being led out soon after reporters are led into the main hall pic.twitter.com/pRffGZF60I— Danson Cheong (@dansoncj) October 22, 2022
Hu resisted the steward's attempt at escorting him out, turning back to his seat and trying to stay in it. Before the final attempt at removing him succeeded, he exchanged words with the Chinese president and promptly left.
The congress, held once every five years, concluded with amendments to the party's constitution bolstering the CCP's ranks and guiding the role of the party's ideology.
This comes around a month after unconfirmed media reports suggested that the People's Liberation Army was plotting a coup in Beijing aimed at toppling the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party during the Golden Week of public holidays that comes ahead of China's National Day on October 1.
However, it was reported that there was no notable or visible police presence in Beijing amid reports and rumors on social media suggesting that a coup plot was taking place in China.
The reports come days after Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the Chinese armed forces, urging for the better use of successful experience in the reform of national defense and the armed forces and striving for new horizons for strengthening the armed forces through reform.
Xi also urged high-ranking representatives of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), the People’s Armed Police Force, and military academics to mobilize efforts into implementing reform tasks and manage future reforms to provide strong impetus for achieving the goal set for the centenary of the People's Liberation Army.