Minitrue: Jia Qinglin Visits Longevity Mountain

The following instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, has been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

The media must immediately republish the article “Former Politburo Standing Committee Member Seen at Mount Changshou in Qinhuangdao.” Take care to close the comment function on the article webpage. (July 16, 2014)

各媒体立即转发《原中共常委贾庆林现身秦皇岛长寿山》一文,注意关闭相应评论。

A rumor that Jia Qinglin is undergoing a corruption investigation has been circulating online. This photo opportunity seems designed to disprove that rumor. The brief article opens:

Netizen “Wu Hongbo” wrote on , “This morning I saw Jia Qinglin at the Changshou Mountain Scenic Area in Qinhuangdao, an amiable man who shares my home province of Heibei.”

网友“吴洪波”在微博上发文:今天上午在秦皇岛长寿山景区遇到贾庆林,和蔼可亲的河北老乡。[Source]

There appears to be no Sina Weibo user with the username 吴洪波, and a search for the text of the post does not return an original post, but only the text of the article. A post by 谢流石 adds that the post appeared on Tencent Weibo, which does have a user named  吴洪波–but the quoted text is still absent from his posts.

There are many mountains in China named “Longevity” (长寿 Chángshòu). This one happens to be situated in the same district at Beidaihe, the site of the central leadership’s annual summer retreat.

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