Jiang Zemin

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. 

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A Good Week for … , November 18, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2012, 3:48am

Jiang Zemin

The former president showed his clout in the Communist Party, with as many as six of the seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee said to be his followers, with only one clearly in the camp of his successor, Hu Jintao. It's not a bad achievement for a man whose health has long been the subject of speculation since his retirement.


Michael Arndt

Short of becoming a Jedi knight, it's every Star Wars geek's dream job - writing the new sequels to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Arndt, whose past credits include Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, will pen the seventh instalment in the epic space opera after creator George Lucas agreed to sell the franchise to Disney. All eyes will now be on the possible return of iconic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.


Lee Wing-tat

The Democratic Party man may have lost his seat in the Legislative Council this year, but he did finally enjoy victory in a case that has been going on even longer than the last Legco session. He, along with four current lawmakers (Wong Yuk-man, Emily Lau Wai-hing, Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Chan Wai-yip), saw the Court of Final Appeal overturn HK$1,000 fines for speaking on the unlicensed Citizens' Radio station in April 2008. The case saw the city's broadcasting rules condemned as "totally outdated".



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