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Jiang Zemin's death underscores Xi Jinping's one-man rule

Dissenting voices within Communist Party have been weakened by long purge

President Xi Jinping, left, and former leader Jiang Zemin attend a celebration in October 2019 for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- As China's president for much of the 1990s, Jiang Zemin led the country's transformation toward a market economy.

His death, announced Wednesday, illustrates the shrinking number of voices within the Chinese Communist Party who can speak opposing views to leader Xi Jinping.

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