Chinese VP Reappears in Public

    In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, center, attends an activity to mark this year's National Science Popularization Day at China Agricultural University in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2012. China's presumed next leader Xi made an appearance Saturday for the first time since dropping from public view earlier this month, a two-week absence that fueled rumors about his health and raised questions about the stability of the country's succession process. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lan Hongguang) NO SALES

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    After a two-week absence that had observers outside China whispering about political instability in the country, Vice President Xi Jinping came out from under wraps Saturday, according to state media sources. Xi made his appearance at the China Agriculatural University in Beijing, where he shook hands with children and made a speech. The 59-year-old man had been closely watched as the communist country prepares for a rare transfer of power that is likely to come in the approaching months, and it caused worry this month when Xi canceled meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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