Hu Jintao

Jiang Zemin

In China, Jiang Zemin, 江澤民, has given up his last remaining powers as Commander in Chief of the Chinese armed forces this weekend. These powers will be taken on by the president, Hu Jintao. North Korea have sent their congratulations to Hu Jintao, and a letter in the China Daily from a 'foreign guest' sets out 'the stall'.

Jiang Zemin came to power shortly after the massacre at Tiananmen Square, he was in charge of the Shanghai Party and managed the protests without violence. Jiang Zemin somehow kept the Chinese Communist party together, when communism was falling apart in other areas, such as Russia and Eastern Europe. Whether this was a temporary 'achievement' remains to be seen.