China's former V-P steps into limelight, backing Xi

A March 2008 photo of Mr Zeng Qinghong (right), who stepped down as China's vice-president, congratulating his newly elected successor, Mr Xi Jinping, in the Great Hall of the People. Mr Xi, who is now president, is seen by many political analysts as
A March 2008 photo of Mr Zeng Qinghong (right), who stepped down as China's vice-president, congratulating his newly elected successor, Mr Xi Jinping, in the Great Hall of the People. Mr Xi, who is now president, is seen by many political analysts as owing his rise to power to Mr Zeng.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Zeng Qinghong's rare appearance in public seen as show of Communist Party solidarity

The man who had a hand in President Xi Jinping's rise to power, former vice-president Zeng Qinghong, has thrown his weight behind the slightly embattled Chinese leader in an apparent show of Communist Party solidarity.

In a rare public appearance this month in his ancestral home in Jiangxi province, Mr Zeng, 79, told those out to greet him to give "all-out" support to the President.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'China's former V-P steps into limelight, backing Xi'. Print Edition | Subscribe