China's President Xi violently coughs throughout speech.

China's President Xi Jinping coughed his way through a speech to supporters, sparking speculation about his health.

The Communist leader could be heard coughing repeatedly during the final ten minutes of a speech in Shenzhen, close to Hong Kong, on Wednesday.

State TV repeatedly cut away from Xi during the bouts of coughing, but caught the moment he lifted his hand to his mouth.

Audio also caught the President spluttering and sipping from a glass of water to clear his throat.

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