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  1. 5-7: “The Clown”




    Five: Fatuous And Cruel
    7:”The Clown”


    Jiang Zemin is nicknamed the clown. He took drama classes when he was young. His infamous habit of combing his hair in front of everybody was passed on from his show-biz teacher back then. Jiang’s passion for showboating had often reached alarming highs. He might recite poems, sing songs, or showcase his English without consideration of the occasion.


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  2. 5-6: Fearing Democracy, Intimidating Taiwan




    Five: Fatuous And Cruel
    6: Fearing Democracy, Intimidating Taiwan




    On March 23, 1996, Taiwan held its first Democratic election.
    Along with Li Deng-hui, presidential candidates including nonpartisan figures Chen Lui-an, and Lin Yang-gang, as well as Democratic Progressive Party candidate Peng Ming-min.
    Jiang was worried over Taiwan holding an election.
    He was afraid of the reverberation ...
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  3. 5-5:Corrupting The Military With Sex And Money




    Five: Fatuous and Cruel
    5:Corrupting The Military With Sex And Money




    Jiang Zemin’s so-called military ideology means absolute obedience to him. As long as the military is politically reliable everything else would be easy for Jiang. Although the military expenditures had been on the rise, its performance had been on the decline, and failed to meet the standards of the CMC.
    Violation of law and ...
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  4. 5-4: The Mercenary Officers




    Five: Fatuous And Cruel
    4: The Mercenary Officers




    The military’s entrepreneur activities started in the mid of 1980s. The initial objective was to offset the military’s expenditures. Senior officials of the CCP were optimistic about the endeavor’s potential to sustain the military within the military. After Jiang Zemin became Chairman of the Military Commission, he took the advantage of his authority, ...
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  5. 5-3: All The Chairman’s Men





    Five: Fatuous And Cruel
    3: All The Chairman’s Men




    Jiang Zemin reached the acme of power, through the bloody crackdown on student democracy activists. He felt uneasy about his personal safety. The Central Security Guard was responsible for all the Central Government officials, including the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the People’s Congress, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultive Conference. ...
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