Chinese former President Hu Jintao was unexpectedly escorted out of the closing ceremony of a congress of the ruling Communist Party on Saturday.

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Hu, 79, Xi Jinping's immediate predecessor, was seated to the left of Xi.

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He was led off the stage of the main auditorium of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by two stewards, a Reuters witness at the congress said.

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Video footage published by AFP showed a steward repeatedly trying to lift Hu from his seat, drawing concerned looks from officials seated nearby.

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Hu then put his hand on a sheet of paper placed on Xi's folder but Xi quickly put his hand on the sheet.

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Former Chinese president Hu Jintao leaves his seat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, during the closing ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China,

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The official CCTV evening news coverage of Saturday's congress closing ceremony included footage with Hu, as normal, from before the incident.

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Hu had appeared slightly unsteady last Sunday when he was assisted onto the same stage for the opening ceremony of the congress.

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