Via Geremie Barme, Wu Guoguang’s classier-than-average reading of Hu Jintao’s escorted departure from the final meeting of the CCP 20th Congress (scroll down to The Theatrical Denouement of a One-man Show)…
On Twitter people have been asking if anyone can lip read. My response was to say that the bar for studying Chinese politics really is being raised pretty high: up until now people were supposed to be expert in facial micro expressions, now that was no longer enough – you need to be able to lip read, too. If this trend continues I’ll soon be out of a job.
…what was truly extraordinary was the fact that neither Xi Jinping nor Li Keqiang made any effort to extend even the most rudimentary courtesy to their former superior. Neither said anything to Hu Jintao, nor for that matter did they make any attempt to explain to congress representatives what was happening.
…Instead, what we saw was all those men who had been elevated to power by Hu Jintao like Li Keqiang, Wang Yang and Hu Chunhua, as well as many others, sitting there nervously – no expressions on their faces, no sign of understanding for Hu or sympathy … wooden men, frozen and dumbfounded, witnessing it all in stoney silence.
For fans of more intriguing theories, ASPI Strategist quotes exiled dissident Wei Jingsheng.