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. 

Fast-track success of Jiang Zemin's eldest son, Jiang Mianheng, questioned by Chinese academics for years

Jiang Mianheng retired this week as head of the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Photo: 163.com

The rapid rise in China’s academic world of Jiang Mianheng  – eldest son of Jiang Zemin, the nation’s former president and Communist Party chief – raised eyebrows among other academics for years.

Friday, 9 January, 2015, 3:11pm

Jiang Zemin keen to use Putin meeting in Shanghai to show he still has what it takes

Vladimir Putin and Jiang Zemin meet at a Shanghai hotel. Photo: Reuters

This week's meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jiang Zemin was held at the initiative of the former Chinese president, apparently to show his political staying power, sources said.

23 May 2014 - 8:05am 7 comments

China’s former leader Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance in Shanghai

Jiang is photographed visiting his cousin at her home in Shanghai on Monday. Photo: screenshots

China’s former president Jiang Zemin, who has largely shunned the spotlight in recent years, made two appearances in public in the past few days, according to images published online.

24 Apr 2014 - 11:30am 2 comments

Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students who practise table tennis while visiting the Second High School in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many former and current mainland leaders have already experienced or are eager to experience.

24 Mar 2014 - 7:49am 3 comments

Jiang Zemin's son named head of new ShanghaiTech University

Mr Jiang Mianheng, son of Jiang Zemin who is the President of the People's Republic of China. Photo: SCMP

The People's Daily reported yesterday that Jiang Mianheng, who turns 62 this year, will head the small-scale research institution, which opened its doors in Shanghai in September.

22 Feb 2014 - 7:26am

China demands clarity on Spanish Jiang Zemin arrest order

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Photo: AP

China is demanding a “clarification” from Madrid after a Spanish court issued an international arrest warrant for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin over alleged genocide in Tibet, Beijing said on Wednesday.

20 Nov 2013 - 5:38pm 1 comment

Spain orders arrest of China’s ex-president Jiang Zemin

Former president Jiang Zemin. Photo: AFP

A Spanish court on Tuesday issued an international arrest warrant for China’s ex-president Jiang Zemin in a case brought by activists alleging that Chinese forces committed genocide in Tibet.

20 Nov 2013 - 11:56am 25 comments

Chinese firms in Hong Kong may be new paradises for 'princelings'

The JP Morgan case attracted attention on the mainland where the public is already angry about corruption within the ruling party. Photo: Reuters

It's a season of change in Hong Kong. Change what? Quietly changing jobs for some important people. The US government announced last month that it would investigate JP Morgan's Hong Kong hiring practices relating to job offers for children of some important people on the mainland, and as a result, several such "important kids" working for other foreign banks are now seriously considering new jobs.

16 Sep 2013 - 7:20am 2 comments

Jiang Zemin's backing of Xi not coincidence

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AP

We may live in the 21st century with the internet and social media delivering up-to-the-second news on events around the world, but that hasn't made it any easier to make sense of Chinese politics. It remains as secretive and opaque as ever.

29 Jul 2013 - 4:38am 3 comments

Xi Jinping's economic and political reforms get Jiang Zemin's backing

Xi Jinping

The secret discussions of party leaders at their annual conclave in the beach resort of Beidaihe set the tone for important political and economic policy issues.

28 Jul 2013 - 8:36am

Qingming tributes are censored and Beijing invites Myanmar's opposition parties

Jiang Zemin seen in his hometown Yangzhou, Jiangsu in photos circulating yesterday. (Photo: Weibo)

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Exclusive: 'Princeling' firm holds secret stake in giant fund house Cinda

Carlyle Group, based in Washington, now owns a stake in the mainland's state-owned fund house Cinda Asset Management. Photo: Bloomberg

With the giant state-owned fund house Cinda Asset Management planning to go public in Hong Kong this year, two behind-the-scenes investors in the company, including a private equity fund co-founded by the grandson of China's former state head Jiang Zemin, have been pushed into the spotlight.

26 Mar 2013 - 1:07pm

Zhang Dejiang, an ally of ex-leader Jiang Zemin, becomes NPC chairman

Zhang Dejiang, an ally of ex-leader Jiang Zemin, becomes NPC chairman

Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang, a former Guangdong party chief, became China's top legislator yesterday. The No 3 figure in the Communist Party's seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, formed in November, Zhang received 2,952 of the 2,961 valid ballots cast to succeed Wu Bangguo as chairman of the National People's Congress.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

How rise and falls in rankings reveal true picture

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AP

For keen China watchers reading the tea leaves of opaque mainland politics, the most interesting news item of last week came on Monday.

28 Jan 2013 - 12:53pm 1 comment

Jiang Zemin moved down party pecking order 'at own request'

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AP

Former Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin moved down the top leadership's pecking order at his own request, state media reported yesterday.

Jiang asked the party's new Central Committee to put his name among those of other retired leaders, and behind incumbent party and state leaders, after the party's national congress in November, Xinhua reported.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:55am