Chinese state television walks away from Xi Jinping speech as Chinese leader repeatedly coughs


Chinese state broadcaster walked away from a repeatedly coughing Xi Jinping as the Chinese leader struggled to finish his sentences in final minutes of speech given on Wednesday

President Xi was seated on stage with other government officials, including Hong Kong Managing Director Carrie Lam, all of whom remained maskless during the memorial event in Shenzhen, Guangdong province ( south China)

The 67-year-old spoke for 50 minutes, praising what he called the “miraculous” development of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on the border with Hong Kong This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the high-tech manufacturing center in 1980

However, those who watched Xi’s remarks, which was broadcast live by state broadcaster CCTV, noticed that the news channel repeatedly moved away from the speaker as he appeared to be coughing.

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, which made headlines « Xi Jinping coughs and coughs at Shenzhen event as Carrie Lam stays away from VIPs, » noted that the Chinese president « was seen coughing and drink water « 

His report noted that Xi could still be heard coughing despite efforts by the government TV station to broadcast plans of the crowd instead of the president during the times in question.

Taiwan Strait media also took notice of the phenomenon A headline in Taiwan’s Yahoo News claimed that Xi was « coughing violently »

President Xi started coughing in the last seven minutes of his 6,300-word speech, including coughing four times in three minutes, Taiwanese commercial broadcaster TVBS reported.

In mainland China, CCTV reports of the Chinese leader’s speech did not include any video or audio segments of his cough

Related searches on Chinese social media sites, such as the country’s Twitter-like service, Weibo, returned no results

President Xi praised Shenzhen in his remarks and promised to grant the city more autonomy to develop in the future

He cited Shenzhen as the key to mainland China’s integration into Hong Kong’s economic activities, and urged residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to invest in its future

With Hong Kong’s recent unrest and GDP overtaken by Shenzhen in 2018, the Chinese Communist Party is expected to focus on the hub, which is home to tech giants such as Huawei and Tencent

On his third visit to Guangdong since becoming chief, Xi also visited the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps headquarters in Chaozhou

In a speech to military leaders, Mr. Xi praised the Marines as « China’s elite force for amphibious operations » and urged his troops to focus their minds and energy on « preparing for war » amid live-fire exercises in China. course through Beijing and Taipei

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