A farewell to Jiang
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Former President Jiang Zemin passed away on November 30, at the age of 96.
Jiang was by all accounts a remarkable figure.
Born and raised in a revolutionary family, adopted by an uncle who died fighting the Japanese, Jiang read engineering in Nanjing prior to cutting his teeth as a junior engineer in Moscow in the 1950s. Returning to Shanghai in the early 1960s and moving to Wuhan in the mid-1960s, he climbed the ranks of the machine works departments – as a technocrat and engineer first and foremost, only to find himself thrusted into fronting international exchanges and visitations with foreign investors and counterparts in other nations. Jiang was made a member of the Central Committee in 1982, promoted to Mayor of Shanghai in 1985, and further promoted to Party Secretary of Shanghai in 1987. Selected as a compromise between rival factions in the aftermath of the events of the late 1980s, Jiang was appointed General Secretary in 1989. ...