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.
HE’S BACK! Lan Hongguang, Xinhua / Getty Images