China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meeting

China's Jiang rises from the 'dead' for Communist meetingRumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party’s leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened on national television in Beijing’s vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly “Frog” — an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang’s wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes — marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis.



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