Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin Dies at 96

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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin died on Wednesday at the age of 96 after succumbing to leukaemia and multiple organ failure.

CGTN reports that Jiang Zemin passed away at his home in Shanghai.

An announcement regarding his death was made by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the parliament, Cabinet, and other state and Party organizations.

“Comrade Jiang Zemin’s death is an incalculable loss to our Party and our military and our people of all ethnic groups,” the announcement read, saying the announcement was made with “profound grief”.

The announcement also noted that “Comrade Jiang Zemin was an outstanding leader… a great Marxist, a great proletarian revolutionary, statesman, military strategist and diplomat, a long-tested communist fighter, and an outstanding leader of the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Jiang served as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1989 to 2002, as chairman of the Central Military Commission from 1989 to 2004, and as Chinese President from 1993 to 2003.

Meanwhile, Thongloun Sisoulith, President of Laos and General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, is in China as part of a state visit from 29 to 1 November.