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As it happened: Xi Jinping pays tribute to late Chinese president Jiang Zemin - ‘a great Marxist and leader’

  • Xi credits Jiang with leading the country through difficult times, upholding the rule of socialism and persisting in opening up and economic reform
  • Former president Hu Jintao and former premier Zhu Rongji did not appear among the attendees

Topic |   Jiang Zemin
Chinese president Jiang Zemin died last week aged 96. Photo: AFP
Chinese president Jiang Zemin died last week aged 96. Photo: AFP
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China paid tribute to former president Jiang Zemin today with a funeral at the Great Hall of the People.

The service for Jiang, who died of multiple organ failure in Shanghai last week aged 96, was the biggest event of its kind since the funeral for paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in 1997.