Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House in October 1997. Photo: AP
Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House in October 1997. Photo: AP
Jiang Zemin

China, US and the Jiang Zemin reset: how former Cold War rivals found a decade of unsteady calm after Tiananmen

  • Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton met in Seattle in 1993, when an ostracised China was ‘in great difficulties’ following the Tiananmen crackdown
  • So began Jiang’s eventful steering of bilateral ties, the high points of which were China’s entry to the WTO and hosting of the 2008 Olympics

Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House in October 1997. Photo: AP
Jiang Zemin and Bill Clinton on the South Lawn of the White House in October 1997. Photo: AP
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