The Chinese authorities are usually loath to admit any weakness or anything wrong with the system, stability or their control. Thanks to globalization and information explosion, they have begun to admit draw backs at times.
When the Chinese President drops the high profile G-8 meeting in Italy and rushes home, the situation must be very serious. President Hu Jintao who was in Italy on an official visit and continued there with the G-8, returned to Beijing on July 7, even before the summit got under way. What is more disturbing is that neither Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice-President Xi Jinping or executive Vice Premier Li Keqiang took President Hu's place at the summit.
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