Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin passed away on Wednesday at the age of 96 from leukaemia and organ failure.
Jiang passed away in his hometown of Shanghai at 12:13 p.m. according to the official Xinhua news agency, which also published a statement from the government’s Communist Party, Cabinet, and parliament to the Chinese people announcing the death.
The letter stated that the announcement was made with “profound grief,” and that “Comrade Jiang Zemin’s death is an unfathomable loss to our Party, our military, and our people of all ethnic groups.”
It complimented “our beloved Comrade Jiang Zemin” as an exceptional leader of high renown, a great Marxist, statesman, military strategist, and diplomat, as well as a seasoned communist combatant.
Jiang was chosen from obscurity to lead China’s ruling Communist Party after the bloody Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1989. Jiang not only helped the country emerge from diplomatic isolation but he also repaired relations with the US and presided over an unheard-of economic boom.