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Chinese Official Met U.S. Diplomats Before Taking Treatment

A deputy mayor who was the protege of one of China’s most powerful leaders went on leave for overwork after meeting U.S. diplomats, fueling speculation of a political shakeup ahead of the country’s leadership transition this year.

Wang Lijun, the deputy mayor of Chongqing, requested a meeting that took place earlier this week at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters yesterday. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai called Wang’s visit a “very isolated case” that was “resolved relatively smoothly.”