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  • Aug 28, 2014
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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. 

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

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.

Friday, 23 May, 2014, 8:05am 8 comments

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

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 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

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

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

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'

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 4 comments

Jiang Zemin's backing of Xi not coincidence

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 4 comments

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

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

H7N9Beijing Morning News* Beijing's most respected hospital denies online rumours over infections.Xinhua Xiandai Kuaibao*

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am