Former China president Jiang Zemin made a surprise appearance in Beijing last month and is certainly a complicating factor in the ongoing succession games, tells political analyst Victor Shih in Today Online.
He held a meeting … with Starbucks corporate chief executive officer Howard Schultz, a person familiar with the meeting told Bloomberg. Mr Jiang led the Communist Party from 1989 to 2002.
His presence in Beijing suggests he is taking part in the leadership transition, complicating the succession process, said Mr Victor Shih, a professor who focuses on Chinese finance and politics at Northwestern University in Illinois.
“He has shown the world conclusively that he remains in good health and that he remains part of the equation for the 18th Party Congress,” Mr Shih said.
“This will make complete domination by any particular faction difficult, despite recent events.”