China’s former President, Hu Jintao, was physically escorted by officials out of the party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 22.
Footage shows the Politburo member Li Zhanshu sitting to the left of Hu Jintao, talking to him before taking away his papers.
China’s current President Xi Jinping appears to instruct two other men who then escort Hu Jintao away.
The peculiar incident has led to speculation, with some arguing it was a political power play by Xi Jinping. Others suggest Hu Jintao was asked to leave congress due to poor health.