Rumors Swirl About Chinese Official

    BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29:  Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping speaks to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (not pictured) during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People on August 29, 2012 in Beijing, China. Morsi is in China on a three-day visit after which he will stop off in Tehran for a  Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement on August 30. (Photo by How Hwee Young-Pool/Getty Images)

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    This puts that canceled meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into perspective. Xi Jinping, the man favored to be the next president of China, canceled a meeting Monday with the Danish prime minister—fueling speculation that the country’s well-organized leadership has been disrupted. Chinese government officials offered no reasons for the canceled meetings or why Xi has not appeared in public since last week, although it is rumored that he hurt his back. Chinese Communist officials had been expected to meet later this year to pick a new president, and Xi, the current vice president, has long been favored for the position—but no date has been set for that meeting, making Xi’s absence even more prominent.

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