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Jiang Zemin death: China’s former president dies aged 96 


China’s former president Jiang Zemin who steadied the country after the Tiananmen Square massacre and oversaw a decade of explosive growth has died aged 96.

The former premier, who was criticised in the West for human rights abuses, drove China to become a major superpower thanks to his economic reforms and saw Hong Kong returned from British rule in 1997.

His death comes at a time when the spirit of the Tiananmen protests have been reignited in China, with pro-democracy demonstrators defiantly standing up to the authoritarian regime over draconian Covid lockdowns and widespread repression.

The national unrest is the biggest challenge to power since 1989 and Jiang’s death could revive memories of rebellion or be utilised by Xi Jinping as a moment for the country to come together in his memory. 

China's former president Jiang Zemin who steadied the country after the Tiananmen Square massacre and oversaw a decade of explosive growth has died aged 96

China’s former president Jiang Zemin who steadied the country after the Tiananmen Square massacre and oversaw a decade of explosive growth has died aged 96

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