Jiang Zemin, Who Steered China Into New Era, Dies at 96

Jiang Zemin, Who Steered China Into New Era, Dies At 96 - Medium

BEIJING—Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader who came to power after the quelling of the Tiananmen Square democracy protests and presided over the market-oriented changes that turned China into a global economic juggernaut, died on Wednesday, state media said. He was 96.

Mr. Jiang, who died of leukemia, retired as Communist Party chief in 2002, stepped down as president in 2003, and left as head of the party’s Central Military Commission, the next year. Behind the scenes, he managed to wield substantial influence within the secretive party elite. From retirement, party insiders say, he decisively backed Xi Jinping’s ascent to party leader.

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