Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96, prompting wave of nostalgia

11/30/2022 4:30:00 PM

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, Chinese state media reported

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, Chinese state media reported

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, prompting a wave of nostalgia for the more liberal times he oversaw.

4 5 "As if what has happened wasn't enough, 2022 tells people in a more brutal way that an era is over," a Beijing Weibo user posted.China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday.Jiang died in his home city of Shanghai just after noon on Wednesday of leukaemia and multiple organ failure, Xinhua news agency said, publishing a letter to the Chinese people by the ruling Communist Party, parliament, Cabinet and the military.Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin , who led the country during a decade of explosive economic growth, died in Shanghai on Wednesday, according to Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency.

Alfred Wu, associate professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, tweeted: "Jiang Zemin is a legend." "Now we are 'too simple, sometimes naive' as we thought the regime would march towards openness, transparency, and democracy," he said, referencing a furious dressing-down Jiang gave to Hong Kong reporters in 2000.Jiang, who was president for a decade until 2003 and led the ruling Communist Party for 13 years until 2002, died of leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai, state media reported.PLUCKED FROM OBSCURITY The online pages of state media sites including the People's Daily and Xinhua turned to black and white in mourning.The zero-COVID policy is a hallmark or President Xi Jinping, who recently secured a third leadership term that cements his place as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong and has taken China in an increasingly authoritarian direction since replacing Jiang's immediate successor, Hu Jintao.Xi, meeting Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith shortly after Jiang had died, said China would turn "our grief into strength", according to state media." Jiang's death comes after the party faced its most widespread public show of opposition in decades when crowds called for leader Xi Jinping to resign during weekend protests against anti-virus controls that are confining millions of people to their homes.Wednesday's letter described "our beloved Comrade Jiang Zemin" as an outstanding leader of high prestige, a great Marxist, statesman, military strategist and diplomat and a long-tested communist fighter.Please check back for updates.

Jiang was plucked from obscurity to head China's ruling Communist Party after the Tiananmen crackdown, but broke the country out of its subsequent diplomatic isolation, mending fences with the United States and overseeing an unprecedented economic boom.Even as China opened to the outside, Jiang’s government stamped out dissent."I'm very sad, not only for his departure, but also because I really feel that an era is over," a Henan province-based user wrote.He served as president from 1993 to 2003 but held China's top job, as head of the ruling Communist Party, from 1989 and handed over that role to Hu in 2002.He only gave up the position as head of the military in 2004, which he also assumed in 1989.Jiang gave up his last official title in 2004 but remained a force behind the scenes in wrangling that led to the rise of Xi, who took power in 2012.When Jiang retired, it was said by sources close to the leadership at the time that everywhere Hu looked he would see the supporters of his predecessor.Wednesday's letter described "our beloved Comrade Jiang Zemin" as an outstanding leader of high prestige, a great Marxist, statesman, military strategist and diplomat and a long-tested communist fighter.Jiang had stacked China's most powerful leadership body, the Politburo Standing Committee, with his own protégées, many of them from the so-called "Shanghai Gang".Jiang was responsible for China "getting onto a global platform and rehabilitating itself after 1989," said Kerry Brown, a Chinese politics expert at King's College London.

But in the years after Jiang retired from his final post, the military commission chairmanship in 2004, Hu consolidated his grip, neutralised the Shanghai Gang and successfully anointed Xi as successor.Reporting by Tony Munroe, Yew Lun Tian, Ben Blanchard, Eduardo Baptista and Martin Quin Pollard; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Nick Macfie Our Standards:." Rumors that Jiang might be in poor health spread after he missed a ruling party congress in October at which Xi, China's most powerful figure since at least the 1980s, broke with tradition and awarded himself a third five-year term as leader.He only gave up the position as head of the military in 2004, which he also assumed in 1989.

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Too simple,sometimes naive.. this is what he said.

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who guided country's economic rise, dies at 96Jiang Zemin led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth.

'End of an era': Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, Chinese state media reported. Did he have information that might lead to the arrest of Hillary?! May he RIP! 🤓

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Jiang Zemin dead at 96: former Chinese president dies after cancer battleChina's former leader oversaw the start of the nation's economic boom after the Communist Party's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96Jiang Zemin, the former president of China, has died at the age of 96. He lead China out of isolation after the crushing of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Natural causes or something else !? Why do you use such a picture in this special news???? Why choose to use this photo

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who rose to power after the Tiananmen Square protests and presided over years of explosive growth, died today at 96.