Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin dies at 96

Jiang’s death was announced in a letter addressing the whole Party, the entire military and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups….reports Asian Lite News

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin passed away due to leukemia and multiple organ failure at the age of 96, state media reported on Wednesday.

He passed away at 12:13 pm (local time) in Shanghai, Xinhua news agency reported. Jiang served as general secretary of the Communist Party, as chairman of the Central Military Commission, and as president of China.

The announcement was made by 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 media said.

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

The letter says they proclaim with profound grief to the whole Party, the entire military and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups that our beloved Comrade Jiang Zemin died of leukemia and multiple organ failure after all medical treatments had failed.

The letter says that the leader was an “outstanding leader enjoying high prestige acknowledged by the whole Party, the entire military and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, a great Marxist, a great proletarian revolutionary, statesman, military strategist and diplomat.”

He was also described as “a long-tested communist fighter, and an outstanding leader of the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

According to Xinhua, Jiang was the core of the CPC’s third generation of central collective leadership and the principal founder of the Theory of Three Represents.

The Theory of Three Represents highlights that the Party always represents the developmental demands of China’s advanced productive forces, the orientation for China’s advanced culture, and the fundamental interests of the greatest possible majority of the Chinese people.

Jiang attached great importance to the major strategic issues that were vital to the cause of the Party and the people. When preparing for the 16th CPC National Congress, Jiang proposed that he would no longer serve in the leading posts of the Party and that he would retire from the CPC Central Committee to facilitate the leadership transition of the Party and the state, Xinhua reported. (ANI)

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