Coughing attack raises health issues for China’s president

Coughing attack raises health issues for China’s president
Coughing attack raises health issues for China’s president

The Chinese leader’s health came into the spotlight after President Xi Jinping had a coughing fit in a recent speech.

The president was speaking to a large crowd at an event in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on Wednesday when he appeared to be unable to stop coughing towards the end of his speech.

China’s state broadcaster, China Central Television (CCTV), made several decisions to quickly move away from President Xi to focus on the masked crowd as he tried to get his cough under control.

However, Audio caught the 67-year-old stuttering, clearing his throat, and drinking from a glass of water.

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Searching Chinese social media websites for the event found no results for Xi’s coughing fit, according to Xi Newsweek.

The outlet also found that subsequent broadcasts from CCTV did not include any vision or audio of his cough.

President Xi’s critics were quick to jump on the scene and ask questions about his health.

Hong Kong Apple Daily, A pro-democracy media company published an article entitled “Xi Jinping Coughs and Coughs at the Shenzhen Event.”

The outlet said the president “stopped to drink water and coughed repeatedly”.

Media in Taiwan also jumped on the story. A headline on Taiwan’s Yahoo news site claimed that President Xi “coughed heavily.”

The Epoch timesOne outlet associated with the religious group Falun Gong, which is one of the Chinese Communist Party’s biggest critics, even went so far as to question whether the president had COVID-19.

The site has uploaded a video entitled “Xi Jinping in Shenzhen: Is He Infected?”

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During his 50-minute speech, President Xi praised the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, which was held to mark the 40th anniversary of its establishment.

His appearance at the event was part of his tour of southern China and came the day after he urged troops to prepare for war while visiting a military base in Guangdong.

During his visit to the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps in Chaozhou City, President Xi urged the troops “to put all of their thoughts and energies into preparing for war” and to remain “absolutely loyal, absolutely pure and absolutely reliable.”

China has reported relatively low daily COVID-19 case numbers, and the country’s health department announced on Wednesday that it had received reports of 20 new infections in the mainland.

Of these 20 cases, six were transferred locally and 14 were imported.

There have been more than 38 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than a million deaths since the virus emerged in China in December.

The hardest hit countries were the US with more than 217,400 deaths and nearly eight million cases, Brazil with more than 151,700 deaths and more than five million cases, and India with more than 111,200 deaths and more than seven million cases.

And Europe is grappling with a second wave of the virus as the daily case numbers are now over 100,000. In the meantime, the UK has announced that it will increase strict lockdown measures from midnight on Friday to reduce the number of infections.

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