Xi Jinping, China’s leader-in-waiting, has made a public appearance, according to a report by state-run Xinhua News Agency.
In a brief report in English, Xinhua said Xi Jinping attended an event on Saturday at the China Agricultural University in Beijing.
Xi Jinping appeared in a photograph in the Xinhua report.
His appearance comes after two weeks of mysterious absence. Chinese authorities refused to comment on his condition, sparking rumors about Xi's wellbeing. Speculations ranged between Xi nursing a bad back, to suffering a heart attack, to sustaining an injury after an assassination attempt.
Xi appeared to be well in the photo published by Xinhua.
Xi’s prolonged absences drew international attention. Beijing’s earlier refusal to explain his whereabouts also casted further doubts over the Communist Party's upcoming leadership transition at the 18th Party Congress.