Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the northeastern province of Liaoning on Tuesday, state media reported, as he and other leaders broke a two-week absence from public events believed to be at the annual summer conclave.
Xi Jinzhou visited a museum in Liaoning city dedicated to the key battle of 1948, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Until Wednesday, there had been no state media reports on Xi’s activities for two weeks – his activities are normally covered almost daily – suggesting he and other top leaders held the traditional secret summer meeting in the eastern seaside resort of Beidaihe. Beijing.
Visitors to Beidaihe and residents said security had been particularly tight in recent weeks.
This year’s conclave in Beidaihe would be particularly important as leaders are expected to discuss personnel changes ahead of the ruling Communist Party’s five-year congress later this year.
Xi Jinping is expected to win a third five-year term at the upcoming party congress, breaking precedent.
Premier Li Keqiang also reappeared this week after a two-week absence from public activity. He visited the southern city of Shenzhen and on Tuesday held a video conference on the economy with the leaders of some of China’s largest provinces.
While in Jinzhou, Xi also inspected local authorities’ flood prevention efforts and talked to people vacationing in the park, Xinhua reported.
The museum visited by Xi commemorates the battle that allowed Mao Zedong’s Communists to seize control of northeastern China from the Nationalists, or Kuomintang, who fled to Taiwan after their defeat in 1949.
China continues to claim Taiwan as its own territory. Taiwan rejects China’s claims of sovereignty over it.