Jiang Zemin may step aside due poor health

Reuters reported today: "Secrecy shrouded a meeting of China's Communist Party for a third day on Saturday, but party sources said military chief was likely to give up his last post due to ill health, completing a leadership succession.

Jiang, 78, has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks to step aside by passing on the chairmanship of the Central Military Commission to party chief Hu Jintao, 61, at a four-day, closed-door party plenum that ends on Sunday.

Jiang, who had offered to resign on previous occasions in a tactic aimed at forcing allies to ask him to stay on, is likely to step down this time for health reasons, several party sources said, requesting anonymity. "

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