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China's former leader Hu Jintao escorted out of party congress

Ex-president appears puzzled as other members look away

Former Chinese President Hu Jintao says some words to President Xi Jinping, right, as he is removed from the closing ceremony of the Communist Party's national congress on Oct. 22. Premier Li Keqiang looks on. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

TOKYO -- In perhaps the most dramatic moment of the 2022 Chinese Communist Party national congress, former President Hu Jintao was led by the arm out of the Great Hall of the People on Saturday.

In the closing session of the seven-day gathering, the 79-year-old was urged to leave the session by a steward, as media cameras captured the scene.

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