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JUST IN: Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin dies at 96

The former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, who led his country out of isolation after the crushing of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, has died aged 96.

Jiang died from leukaemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12.13pm local time, on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the State Council of the PRC, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and the Central Military Commissions of the CPC and the PRC made the announcement via a letter they issued.

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It was announced in a letter addressing the whole Party, the entire military, and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

The letter quoted all the groups as condoling with the whole party, the entire military, and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups over the passing of “our beloved Comrade Jiang Zemin” who died of leukemia and multiple organ failure after all medical treatments had failed.

The letter said that Jiang was an outstanding leader who enjoyed high prestige and was acknowledged by the whole Party, the entire military, and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

It described him as a great Marxist, a great proletarian revolutionary, a statesman, a military strategist, a diplomat, a long-tested communist fighter, and an outstanding leader of the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

It added that Jiang was the core of the CPC’s third generation of central collective leadership and the principal founder of the Theory of Three Represents.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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