China VP’s absence raises succession questions
For China’s Communist Party, it should be easy to quash all that speculation — from plausible to outlandish — about the unexplained absence of the country’s next leader. Just trot him out in public to show that he is hale and hearty. Yet, as Xi Jinping’s absence carried into an 11th day Wednesday, party officials were saying nothing. Their silence only added to the rumors’ momentum and raised an important question: What happens to China’s once-a-decade leadership transition if the 59-year-old is unable to assume the mantle of power as planned later this fall?