Born in 1926 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, Jiang Zemin graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a degree in electronic engineering, and rose up in state-owned factories and government agencies overseeing industries. He was promoted to China's top power bench soon after the bloody crackdown on student movement in Beijing in 1989, becoming general secretary of the Party and chairman of its Central Military Commission. He became president in 1993. He held on to the military chief job for two more years even after handing Party leadership and presidency to successor Hu Jintao in 2002-2003. He is believed to still wield massive influence on Chinese politics a decade after his retirement.
Li leads top-level team for IMF talks
Prime Minister Li Peng and Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji are set to spearhead the mainland's presence at the coming World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting in Hong Kong next month, according to sources.
It is understood Mr Li is scheduled to attend the meeting's opening ceremonies, on September 23, as the top representative of the host country.
This would involve him giving a speech at the opening ceremonies alongside a select group of dignitaries.
The formal proceedings of the World Bank-IMF meeting will take place from September 23 to 25.
Sources said they believed the fact that Mr Li - and not President Jiang Zemin - was to head the Chinese delegation could be seen as a reward for playing second fiddle to Mr Jiang at the Hong Kong handover ceremony.
Mr Zhu is to deliver an address on the afternoon of September 22, the day before the proceedings of the meeting formally start.
Sources said the speech would include an 'important policy address'.
The day is to be titled 'China - The Promised Partnership'.
China is to be represented at the meeting by a delegation of senior figures including SAR Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa.
News of China's high-powered representatives at the meeting has come with confirmation billionaire financier George Soros and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will meet during the forum.
Mr Mahathir will address a late-afternoon seminar on September 20, while Mr Soros will give an address the next day.
There is set to be a low-key meeting between the two figures in the lead-up to the formal proceedings. It follows a bitter attack by Mr Mahathir on Mr Soros last month.