Xi Jinping, Panetta Shake Hands

    BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 19:  U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L) shakes hands with China's Vice President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on September 19, 2012 in Beijing, China. Panetta is on a three nation tour to Japan, China and New Zealand. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)

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    The universal sign for “I’m OK”: shaking hands with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. China’s elusive Xi Jinping, who is slated to be made president next month, was photographed engaging in a firm handshake with Panetta. Xi’s mysterious disappearance had fueled rumors—bad back, heart attack, assassination attempt—that something was amiss in Chinese politics, as he missed several high-profile meetings.

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