Jiang Zemin Fast Facts

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin attends the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People on November 8, 2012, in Beijing, China.

Here's a look at the life of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.


Birth date: August 17, 1926
    Birth place: Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
      Birth name: Jiang Zemin
      Father: Jiang Shijun
      Mother: Wu Yueqing
      Marriage: Wang Yeping
      Children: Jiang Miankang and Jiang Mianheng
      Education: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Electrical Engineering, 1947
      Religion: Members of the Chinese Communist Party are officially atheist.

      Other Facts

      When an uncle, a Communist partisan, was killed in combat, Jiang's father gave his son to the uncle's family so they would have a male heir to continue the Jiang Shangqing bloodline.
      Supported the suppression of the student-led pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square.


      1946 - Joins the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
      1955-1956 - Trainee with the Stalin Automobile Factory in Moscow.
      1971-1979 - Deputy director and later director of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the First Ministry of Machine-Building Industry.
      1981-1982 - Vice minister of the State Foreign Investment Commission.
      1982 - Appointed vice minister of Electronics Industry and later in the year elected a member of the CCP Central Committee.
      1983 - Promoted to minister of Electronics Industry.
      1985-1988 - Mayor of Shanghai.
      June 1989 - Appointed general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, succeeding Zhao Ziyang.
      November 1989 - Succeeds Deng Xiaoping as chairman of the Central Military Commission.
      1993-2003 - President of the People's Republic of China.
      September 1997 - Unveils plan to privatize China's unprofitable state-owned enterprises.
      October 28, 1997 - Meets with US President Bill Clinton at the White House and attends a US-China summit regarding nuclear power technology.
      June 28, 1998 - In a live televised debate, discusses human rights with President Clinton in Beijing.
      December 11, 2001 - China formally joins the World Trade Organization as the 143rd member.
      October 2002 - In Jiang's last visit to the United States as president and head of state, meets with former President George H. W. Bush in Houston and President George W. Bush in Crawford, Texas.
      November 2002 - Retires as general secretary of the Chinese Communist party.
      March 2003 - Limited to two five-year terms in office, Jiang steps down and Vice President Hu Jintao becomes president of China.
      March 2005 - Formally steps down as chairman of the Chinese military, having offered his resignation in a letter in September of 2004.
      October 9, 2011 - Appears at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of China's 1911 revolution. It is the first time he has been seen in public since rumors of his death spread in July 2011.
        December 6, 2011 - The Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority fines Asia Television Limited (ATV) almost $39,000 (HK $300,000) for airing a report in July that suggested Jiang had died.
        September 13, 2019 - Marking 70 years of Communist rule, Jiang's giant portrait is carried down Chang'an Avenue in Beijing, following the portraits of Communist leader Mao Zedong and reformist leader Deng Xiaoping, who both served as China's "core leader" before Jiang.