Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin has died aged 96

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The former Chinese president Jiang Zemin has died aged 96, state media has said.

Mr Jiang, who was president from 1989 to 2003, died from leukaemia and multiple organ failure on Wednesday afternoon in Shanghai.

He came to power after the Tiananmen Square protests.

Mr Jiang stepped down as party chief in 2002, but remained head of the military for another year.

His death comes as China faces widespread anti-lockdown protests across the country on a level of dissent likened to the 1989 pro-democracy movement centred on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

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