Is He Dead?

Hong Kong Asia TV today released the news about his death. Weibo started to ban all related information. Both are telling us: it might be true.

Jiang Zemin, the former President of China, is said to be dead in the early morning of July 6th, due to myocardial infarction caused by liver cancer. But the official has not yet confirmed the news. CCTV news said nothing about this issue, either. According an anonymous message source from Beijing, Jiang is in good health condition. But another second-tier media also said Jiang is in brain death.

Jiang Zemin is the “core of the third generation” of the Communist Party leaders, after Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Eight years after he stepped down, cliques conflicts are still going on between Jiang and Hu. The concealing of his death is also said to be the necessity to keep things under control. Though stepped down years ago, Jiang is still the sensitive political figure in today’s China leadership.

He is 84 years old, definitely not young. It is not a big political thing if he dies of disease. But before the government can assure everything can go smoothly after his death, no none-official information is permitted to get out.

This reminded me of the death of Deng Xiaoping, whose death was first revealed by Japanese journalists before any official Chinese news channel confirmed the information. This time, if it is true, it is the Hong Kong reporters. The mainland media are good babies obeying every instruction from the Ministry of Publicity.

I don’t want to spread rumor. But if he’s not dead, he’s dying.

About wancheng

Wancheng is a master candidate in Strategic Public Relation in Annenberg USC. She holds a B.A. in journalism in China's Fudan University. She is interested in Chinese social, economic issues and wishes to explore the unfamiliar field of corporate public relations.
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One Response to Is He Dead?

  1. mengt says:

    Shandong News website posted his death on their homepage yesterday, which is the first mainland official news source spread this info. Yet the info is quickly removed. I am wondering if the editor will got into trouble, since Beijing is currently banning the rumor and afraid of the unrest caused by his death…

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