The piece links Jiang’s arrest with the apparent political struggle between Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin: “Dr. Jiang’s detention clearly demonstrates that China’s leaders are in no mood to progress toward political liberalization, as many hoped when a new generation of leaders under President Hu Jintao took power last year. Mr. Hu allowed a time — however brief — of openness that was critical to confront and contain SARS. But his leadership has been complicated by former president Jiang Zemin’s refusal to let go of his enormous influence. ”
Thanks to CDN reader Johnny for alerting us to this piece.