Jiang Zemin Was the Architect of Today’s Assertive China

Jiang Zemin Was the Architect of Today’s Assertive China
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin checks his wristwatch during the opening session of China’s 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 18, 2017 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

China’s former leader Jiang Zemin died last week at the age of 96. As the country enters a period of mourning, many foreign observers of Chinese politics continue to reflect on Jiang’s impact on Chinese foreign policy, while many in China will be thinking of his legacy as the Chinese Communist Party’s leader.

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