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Thursday
Jul072011

Chinese Censors Block Jiang Zemin's Name Following Death Rumor

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Chinese censors have blocked Internet sites mentioning Jiang Zemin, after a story sprang up that the former leader had died.

The rumor that the 84-year-old passed away started last Friday after he did not appear at the 90th anniversary celebration of the Chinese Communist Party's founding. When the story began to catch fire, Jiang's name, along with words related to the rumor, were promptly blocked.

The Chinese government has suffered derision for its inability to control the numerous microblogging sites, like Sina.com, where users have devised loopholes to government's control over the Internet.

Jiang, who came to power as party secretary in 1989, is credited with opening up China's markets and reducing government control over businesses.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Rumors Spread that Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin Is Dying

George Doyle/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- Rumors are flying that Jiang Zemin, former president of the People's Republic of China, could die soon.

Speculation about the 84-year-old's poor health has been rampant since Jiang didn't appear at the Chinese Communist Party's birthday gala extravaganza on July 1, celebrating 90 years since the founding of the party.
 
Boxun, a dissident-run website that operates from the U.S., ran a report on June 4 saying that a motorcade arrived at the 301 Military Hospital in Beijing -- which is reserved for top party leaders and military officials -- on the afternoon of June 3, and that the roads around the building were shut down. However, a later article said that Jiang is actually in a hospital in Shanghai being treated for liver cancer.
 
Unsurprisingly, there is no official word on Jiang’s condition. Currently, online searches for “Jiang Zemin dead” are being blocked by Chinese censors, and micro-blog users in China are reporting that posts on his possible death have been taken down.

Jiang was China's president from the 1993-2003, the decade after the Tiananmen Square riots.  Jiang is widely credited with bringing political stability to the country and continuing Deng Xiaoping’s reforms. Most importantly, his handover of power to President Hu Jintao was seamless -- a first in Chinese history.

Jiang also presided over a time of warming relations between the U.S. and China, and visited Presidents Clinton and Bush at the White House.  He is also known for his showy style -- perhaps appreciated more in the West than at home -- and for his love of music and dancing.

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