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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin died at the age of 96

On Wednesday, November 30, the former Chinese President from 1989 to 2003 died at 96 in Shanghai, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The same agency said: “ Jiang Zemin passed away due to leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12:13 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2022, at the age of 96, it was announced on Wednesday.” He left behind him his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren.


In a text released by the Communist party Jiang is described as “an outstanding leader” and a “communist fighter that withstood many trials and tests.” Furthermore, “during the serious political turmoil in China in the spring and summer of 1989, Comrade Jiang Zemin supported and implemented the correct decision of the Party Central Committee to oppose unrest, defend the socialist state power, safeguard the fundamental interests of the people … and effectively maintain the stability of Shanghai,” according to the Communist party release.


Jiang Zemin helped the most populated country in the world to become a global superpower. A day after the suppression of the pro-democracy's Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, he became the Chinese leader. Furthermore, this suppression allows China to rebuild a connection with the West and the rest of the world. Moreover, in 2003, when he left China's presidency, China became a member of the World Trade Organization and won the hosting of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.


The former mayor and Communist Party leader in Shanghai, Jiang Zemin, was still having a significant role in Chinese politics even after retiring from politics by working with some leading politicians, according to analysts. 


Nowadays in China, protesters take to the streets against the zero-covid policy wanted by the Chinese government. In the past, the Chinese used to take to the streets to mourn the death of past leaders. However, a big contrast was observed on Thursday, December 1 in China, when the former president’s coffin went through Shanghai just days after the protesters wanted the deletion of the Communist Party. 


Chinese flags will be flown at half-staff all over China until Jiang’s memorial on Tuesday, December 6 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. However, according to an announcement at the funeral on Thursday, December 1, this ceremony will only be open to the Chinese government and no invitation will be sent to other countries government leaders.


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