Jiang Zemin Dead at 96: Former Chinese President Dies After Cancer Battle

Jiang Zemin, China‘s powerful post-Tiananmen leader, has died at the age of 96, state media outlets said on Wednesday.

His death at 12:13 p.m. local time was attributed to “leukemia and multiple organ failure” on November 30, the country’s official news service Xinhua said. He died in the eastern port city of Shanghai, not far from his birthplace in Yangzhou.

Jiang held the Chinese Communist Party‘s top post between 1989 and 2002. He was installed with little factional influence after his predecessor, Zhao Ziyang, was ousted in June 1989 for supporting student-led protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and elsewhere rallying for political reforms.

In more than a decade in power, Jiang, who was known for his charismatic improvisation in front of the press, oversaw a continuation of China’s market reforms, including its eventual accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001.

This is a developing story.

China's Former Leader Jiang Zemin, 96, Dies
A large screen shows former Communist leader Jiang Zemin during an art performance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on June 28, 2021, in Beijing. Jiang died at the age of 96 on November 30, 2022.
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