ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Jiang Zemin, China's post-Tiananmen leader, dies at 96

Retired president's tenure saw economic boom, worsening corruption

Jiang Zemin in 2002, toward the end of his presidency: The former leader is rumored to have not seen eye-to-eye with current President Xi Jinping.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, whose rise to power after the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown ushered in an unprecedented economic boom as he pulled the country out of diplomatic isolation, has died aged 96.

Jiang, who had not been seen in public since 2019, died of leukemia and multiple organ failure just after noon local time on Wednesday in his home city of Shanghai, Chinese state media reported.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more