The following post by Lin Yongfang (林永芳), a Sina Weibo user based in Fujian province, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 1:37 p.m. today, November 5, 2012. The post speculates about the new lineup of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, which will not be formally announced until the 18th National Congress, which begins on Thursday this week. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

According to speculation the day before yesterday: [the Standing Committee lineup is] Xi [Jinping], Li [Keqiang], [Wang] Qi[shan]、Yu [Zhengsheng], Li [Yuanchao], Zhang [Gaoli], Wang [Yang]. It’s said this is 70 percent reliable. Here, the Will of Heaven has always been hard to ask after. We’ll just have to wait and see.

The original Chinese-language post follows:

前天传闻曰:习、李、岐、俞、李、张、汪。号称70%可靠度。此地天意从来高难问,唯拭目以待而已@盛大林 @马九器

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David Bandurski

CMP Director

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