Jiang Zemin Accelerated the Chinese Communist Party’s Adoption of Market Principles


BEIJING-Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader who came to power after the crackdown on democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and presided over market-oriented changes that transformed China into a global economic juggernaut, died on Wednesday of leukemia, announced the official media. He was 96 years old.

Mr. Jiang retired as leader of the Communist Party in 2002, resigned as chairman in 2003, and headed the party’s Central Military Commission the following year. Behind the scenes, he managed to wield substantial influence within the secret party elite, installing allies in the leadership team of his successor, Hu Jintao. Since retiring, party insiders say, he has staunchly supported Xi Jinpingbecame party leader.


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