Jiang Zemin, former leader who paved the way for China’s rise, dies age 96

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Beijing CNN —Jiang Zemin, the Chinese communist leader who paved the way for the country’s emergence as a global superpower, has died, state-run Xinhua news agency announced Wednesday. Chinese leader Jiang Zemin shakes hands with Prince Charles at the handover ceremony of Hong Kong to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. Chinese leader Xi Jinping talks to former leader Jiang Zemin during the Communist Party National Congress in Beijing on October 24, 2017. Jason Lee/ReutersRise to powerBorn in eastern China in 1926 and educated in pre-communist Shanghai, Jiang was trained to be an electrical engineer. Chinese leader Jiang Zemin smiles during a meeting with executives at the Fortune Global Forum in Hong Kong on May 8, 2001.
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