Former Chinese Leader Jiang Zemin Dies at 96

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Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who cleared the way for China’s explosive economic growth and emergence on the global stage after 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, died of leukemia and multiple organ failure at 96 on Wednesday, according to the country’s state media. Jiang’s death comes at an unusual time in China, where unprecedented public protests spread across the country due to the government’s zero-COVID policy. China’s state TV spent 48 minutes of an extended evening news broadcast to cover Jiang’s death.