Both foreign and domestic observers questioned the health of Chinese dictator Xi Jinping on Thursday when a televised speech was interrupted by violent coughing fits and he canceled the remainder of an important tour of southern China.
Taiwan News reported Xi’s speech was “inexplicably delayed” for over 12 hours, and when he finally delivered his address, he “spoke at an unusually slow pace compared to previous talks.”
Xi began drinking water and coughing in the last seven minutes of his 52-minute speech, prompting a visible reaction from the “usually staid audience of communist cadres” as he struggled to deliver some of his lines.
“Each time Xi coughed during the live feed from state broadcaster CCTV, the camera crew would quickly cut to the audience. However, his incessant cough and gulping of water were still highly audible and followed by long, awkward pauses,” Taiwan News wrote.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) censorship apparatus