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September 11th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

Missing Chinese Vice President: "If China really wants to be a superpower, it needs to end the mystery," says Erin Burnett

CNN's Erin Burnett talks about the disappearance of China's vice president, Xi Jinping in Monday's E-block.

Absence of Chinese vice president fuels intrigue before power transition

The conspicuous absence from public view of China's presumptive next top leader is adding new uncertainty to the succession plan for the normally secretive Communist leadership.

For ten days, Vice President Xi Jinping has dropped off the radar of state-run domestic news media, which usually meticulously record official activities of senior leaders.

Xi is widely expected to succeed President Hu Jintao as the head of the ruling Communist Party next month before assuming the presidency early next year in a once-in-a-decade power transition.

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