Ex-Leader Wins in Beijing Power Play

Jiang’s Hand Seen as China Power Play Concludes | WSJ.com

In the chess game of Chinese politics, the new Communist Party leadership unveiled on Thursday may have been the last gambit of a grand master: the 86-year-old former president and party general secretary, Jiang Zemin.

Mr. Jiang was thought to be on his death bed last year, but shook off his illness and a potentially damaging scandal to ensure that the new seven-man Politburo Standing Committee—the top governing body—is once again dominated by his protégés and allies.

Jiang’s Hand Seen as China Power Play Concludes | WSJ.com

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