Jiang Zemin attends Xinhai Revolution Commemoration

Former Chinese party and state chairman Jiang Zemin (江泽民) appeared live on television this morning (local Beijing time), in a celebration of the Xinhai Revolution’s 100th anniversary.

China’s ex-President Jiang Zemin has appeared in public for the first time since rumours spread that he was dead,

reports the BBC.

Aged 85, he looked frail, but was smiling as he chatted to his successor on the live TV broadcast.

Jiang Zemin attends Xinhai Revolution 100 anniversary celebration

Jiang Zemin attends Xinhai Revolution 100 anniversary celebration (click picture for video)

CCTV showed Jiang entering the Great Hall of the People’s (人民大会堂) auditorium hall, with an aide to his left, but apparently walking on his own. According to Xinhua news agency, Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinlin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinpin, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang, Zhou Yongkang and other senior leaders attended the ceremony.

The Xinhai revolution is a topic in Chinese history books, as it put an end to China’s imperial form of government and struggled for a national Chinese awareness. But ceremonies like the one today are most probably organized and attended by top officials with Taiwan on their mind, rather than for its historic weight.

October 10th will be a national holiday in Taiwan, as “Double-Ten”, also to commemorate the Xinhai Revolution. The currently ruling KMT was based on political concepts attributed to Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), and Taiwan is officially known as the Republic of China (RoC), the state founded by the KMT, and initially led by Sun Yat-sen.

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Related

» Jiang not Dead, Leung Ka-wing Resigns, Sep 6, 2011
» Taipei 101 Fireworks, January 1, 2011
» Nanjing: Paying their Respects, Nov 12, 2010

Updates

» Hu urges “unification”, CBS, Oct 8/9, 2011
» Sun Granddaughter: China distorts sanminzhuyi, CNA, Oct 2, 2011

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3 Responses to “Jiang Zemin attends Xinhai Revolution Commemoration”

  1. Here in Taiwan I’ve seen people wear the ROC flag clothes in public a lot recently, these flags are everywhere in our neighborhood, usually along the main road and guess what? They are like 2m apart from each other, which means there must be hundreds of flags only in the area where I live. I’ve also seen kids waving small ROC flags in public places, not sure where they got them, but all in all I have to say it’s much more festive than the national day in my home country. I thought the average Taiwanese doesn’t really relate to the 100 years of ROC, but I was so wrong. This year people marry like never before, they take it is a lucky year and I heard that there are women, who want to give birth today, no matter if they are few days or even weeks short: They will ask the doctor to perform C-section. So I guess we can expect a spike in birth rate on 10.10.2011 in the Republic of China. I’m happy, if the birthrate goes up, but please, not like this. I do hope that these prematurely born babies will be healthy.

    I will try to see some happening later today and I’m looking forward to the fireworks. And hopefully I can gather enough material to write a post about this “special” day🙂

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  2. I’m looking forward to your post – have a happy holiday!

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