Three years after leaving the political stage, former Chinese President Jiang Zemin is back in the national spotlight. So is the famous slogan that seemed to have retired with its creator: the murky theory of the “Three Represents.”
Jiang, who turned 80 on Thursday, engineered his comeback through the publication last week of his selected works. The series could fill the shelf of a bookcase: three volumes on his personal writings, speeches and decrees, plus 13 that are essentially travelogues documenting his official trips abroad, including his visit to President Bush’s Texas ranch.
State media immediately jumped into overdrive to promote the opus, saying eager readers had been queuing up in bookstores around the country, from sophisticated Shanghai to remote Tibet. [Full Text]