August 18, 2006 |
Three years after leaving the political stage, former Chinese President Jiang Zemin is back in the national spotlight. So is the famous slogan that seemed to have retired with its creator: the murky theory of the "Three Represents." Jiang, who turned 80 on Thursday, engineered his comeback through the publication last week of his selected works.
August 16, 2006 |
He speaks English and shows it off by reciting the Gettysburg Address. Now former President Jiang Zemin is adopting another Western custom: the post-retirement publishing binge. Ahead of his 80th birthday Thursday, government publishers have released a retrospective on Jiang's foreign travels -- the closest thing yet to a Chinese presidential memoir -- and a three-volume set of speeches, letters and decrees.
March 31, 2005 |
American businessman Robert Lawrence Kuhn said he wrote a biography of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin to shed light on this Asian nation. Instead, "The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin" has mostly been mocked by U.S. critics, who call it an artful piece of propaganda. Here in China, however, the book is a hit. Biographies of living leaders are basically taboo. Any peek behind the country's great wall of political secrecy has bestseller potential.
September 20, 2004 |
More than a year after becoming China's president, Hu Jintao was handed the full reins of power Sunday when his predecessor, Jiang Zemin, gave up the nation's most powerful military post. The move ends an awkward power-sharing arrangement that has seen two rival camps maneuvering for position as China faces a number of major foreign and domestic policy challenges, including relations with Taiwan, North Korea's nuclear program, government corruption and rapid economic growth.
September 18, 2004 |
Former President Jiang Zemin will quit as China's military chief Sunday, handing full power to his successor, Hu Jintao, a Hong Kong newspaper said. Hu, 61, would have control over the Communist Party, the state and the armed forces, the South China Morning Post said. The paper quoted unidentified party sources, but there was no official word. The possible transition has been the subject of speculation during party meetings that will end Sunday.
August 8, 2004 |
Some people just don't know when to quit. And when the person in question can influence the course of history in the world's most populous country, the consequences of obstinacy can be nationally debilitating. Jiang Zemin, the former general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and president of China, gave up those posts in 2002 and 2003, respectively.