Wu Liangui left Shanghai’s Xiao Shaoxing restaurant with a delicacy his daughter wants him to avoid. Inside a plastic box were slices of white-cut chicken, traditionally served rare so that blood seeps from the bones.
On the night of July 4, social networks in China lit up with a rumor that the former Chinese President, Jiang Zemin, had died. I watched the speculation flicker across my computer screen before deciding that, since I live only a few blocks from Jiang’s sprawling Shanghai compound, I should venture outside to see if anything was afoot.
Overseas media reports that former Chinese President Jiang Zemin died from illness are “pure rumor,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing “authoritative sources” it didn’t further identify.
China’s nominees for central bank governor and environment, education and housing ministers drew the most opposing votes of any appointments, two days after President Xi Jinping was appointed with one dissenting ballot.