23 Oct 2022

Ukraine-Russia war: ‘The only viable solution is through diplomacy’, says Chinese Communist Party spokesman

Europe Editor and Presenter

President Xi Jinping of China has been confirmed for a precedent-breaking third five-year term, making him the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao, and arguably the most powerful man in the world right now.

Xi has installed staunch loyalists all around him, but questions are still being asked about why former President Hu Jintao was unexpectedly – and publicly – escorted out of the ruling Communist party congress yesterday.

We spoke to Victor Gao, a lawyer and academic who previously worked closely with the former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

We began by asking him what happened to the former Chinese leader Hu Jintao, who was asked to leave the stage during the Communist Party Congress yesterday in Beijing.