Former Chinese President, Jiang Zemin Is Dead
Former Chinese President, Jiang Zemin is dead.
He died in his home town in Shanghai, at the age of 96 on Wednesday.
Zemin who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, died of leukaemia and multiple organ failure.
It was reported that Jiang replaced Deng Xiaoping aa s leader in 1989, and China was still in the early stages of economic modernisation.
By the time he retired as president in 2003, China was a member of the World Trade Organization, Beijing had secured the 2008 Olympics, and the country was well on its way to superpower status.
Analysts say Jiang and his “Shanghai Gang” faction continued to exert influence over communist politics long after he left the top job.
Jiang is survived by his wife Wang Yeping and two sons.