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Xi Article That Touches on the Taboo Lives for Few Hours on Web

  • Posting praising handling of family financial affairs deleted
  • Rare mention of leaked relevations about offshore holdings
CHONGQING, CHINA - JANUARY 21: (CHINA OUT) A Chinese youth plays online game in a net cafe on January 21, 2008 in Chongqing Municipality, China. According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC), China reported 210 million Internet users at the end of 2007 and is set to surpass the U.S.A to become the world's largest at the beginning of this year. Approximately one-third of Chinese netizens surfed the Internet at net cafes.
Photographer: China Photos via Getty Images

Censors removed an anonymous posting on a Chinese news portal that defended President Xi Jinping over family members named in the Panama leaks as having offshore holdings, highlighting the sensitivity to discussion of the wealth of the country’s leaders.

The post entitled "Did Chief Xi Manage Children and Relatives Well or Not?" argued the president and Communist Party head had nothing to fear from the revelations in documents leaked from a law firm in Panama. It was published on several online news portals and circulated on social media before disappearing several hours later.