(September 14, 2012, New York) Xi Jinping, China's leader-in-waiting, suffered a back injury from sport, according to a senior Chinese official, in the clearest explanation so far as to why he disappeared for two weeks from the public eye. The rationale why his health is considered a state secret will be discussed at Golden Networking's China Leaders Forum 2012, "Political and Economic Challenges for Xi Jinping, China's President-in-waiting", October 2nd, New York City, forum that will examine the political and economic challenges facing China nowadays and the long-term opportunities that will be created in the world's largest economy by 2016.
In rare on-the-record comments on Mr Xi's health to The Telegraph, Tung Chee-hwa, the former Hong Kong leader, who is now a vice-chairman of an advisory body for China's parliament, said that Mr Xi had injured his back "I believe from swimming". "He hurt himself in sports and he's now recovered and he's now back at work," Mr Tung told CNN in an interview broadcast in the US.
Mr Tung has deep-rooted ties with China's top leaders and was a key adviser to Mr Xi during his visit to the United States earlier this year. Source told the Reuters news agency that Mr Xi hurt his back while swimming earlier this month and that he had been obeying doctors' orders to get bed rest and undergo physiotherapy. The health of state leaders is typically considered a state secret in China.
"In China the health of senior leaders is not a public issue. I suppose as time goes on, as China becomes more and more open and is also a part of the world, all these things will eventually change," said Mr Tung.
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