Anniversary at the Great Hall of People: 100 years since the pivotal Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命) which ended millennia of dynastic rule, third-generation leader 85-year-old Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance to dispel rumours from Japan and Hong Kong he has passed on.
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China’s former President Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance
Jiang Zemin, China’s former president attended celebrations commemoration the 100th anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the emperor, his first public appearance since rumours emerged that he had died.
Source – Telegraph, published October 9, 2011
Mr Jiang, 85, was seen sitting with other top Communist Party officials at a ceremony hosted by current President Hu Jintao in Beijing and broadcast live on state television. He looked frail and was once shown nodding off.
Rumours of Mr Jiang’s death began circulating in July after he failed to appear at a meeting celebrating the party’s 90th birthday.
They gathered momentum and culminated with Hong Kong and Japanese media saying his death had been confirmed.
The state-run Xinhua news agency was eventually forced to publish a rare denial, quoting “authoritative sources” as saying the reports were “pure rumour”. Read the rest of this entry »