The former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ’s general secretary Jiang Zemin passed away on November 30. However, after retiring in 2012, he continued to use his influence to interfere in the leadership of his successor Hu Jintao.

According to Vision Times, after retiring in 2012, Hu Jintao, during a CCP internal conference in 2015, angrily exposed Jiang’s interference, and he resigned for the second time.

The first time was in 2002. At the end of July of that year, the meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee in Beidaihe adopted the list of people to hold important positions after the CCP’s 16th Congress. Each Politburo Standing Committee member had signed and endorsed the list.

However, at the end of August, some members of the Politburo then proposed that Jiang Zemin continue to serve as Chairman of the Central Military Commission and President for two years after the 16th Congress, blatantly vetoing the resolution of the Politburo Standing Committee meeting.

At the end of September 2002, on the eve of the Third Plenary Session of the CCP’s 16th Congress, three members of the Politburo Standing Committee formally requested Jiang Zemin to continue his post, Chairman of the Central Military Commission and the President of the State, for another term.

In addition, a Politburo Standing Committee member suggested that Jiang Zemin join the Standing Committee of the Politburo as Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Dissatisfied with Jiang’s rough intervention, Hu first resigned for health reasons. However, the CCP did not allow him to leave his post.

The second time was in August 2005, at the meeting of the Politburo Standing Committee in Beidaihe, someone suggested that Jiang should hold the position of general secretary or president. It meant that Hu had to appoint Jiang to a position.

A member of the Politburo Standing Committee at the time suggested that the proposal should be made during the first phase of the CCP’s 17th Congress. Hu Jintao immediately protested and expressed his displeasure by resigning for the second time.
The Politburo Standing Committee members who gave ideas for Jiang to stay in power were Zeng Qinghong, Li Changchun, and Jia Qing Lin. These political characters are known to be Jiang’s confidants and are still alive today.

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