Jiang Zemin, former President of China who presided over more than a decade of economic growth after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown against pro-democracy protester, passed away at the age of 96 in Shanghai, China. He died from leukemia and multiple organ failure. Jiang Zemin was born in 1926 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China.
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About Jiang Zemin:
- After the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, Jiang Zemin governed the Communist Party’s divisions while leading China through history-making changes.
- Market-oriented reforms were revived, Hong Kong gained independence from the British in 1997, and Beijing joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. He helped pulling in foreign investment after China joined the WTO. Jiang Zemin served as the head of the Communist Party from 1989 to 2002.
- He served as the President of China from 1993 to 2003. He has also served as the chairman of the Central Military Commission from 1989 to 2004.
- In 2002 Jiang Zemin resigned as general secretary of the CCP and the following year stepped down as president after serving the maximum two 5-year terms; Hu Jintao succeeded him in both positions. Jiang Zemin remained in charge of the Central Military Commission until stepping down in favour of Hu Jintao in 2004.