Sirens to wail across China during memorial service for Jiang Zemin

Sirens to wail across China during memorial service for Jiang Zemin

BEIJING - Sirens will wail across China as the country comes to a standstill Tuesday December 6 morning during a public memorial service for former leader Jiang Zemin, who died last week at the age of 96.

He died of leukaemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai last Wednesday after medical treatments failed, according to state media.

Xinhua said his body was cremated in Beijing on Monday at a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping and other top leaders.

A public memorial service will be held at 10.00 am on Tuesday in Beijing's Great Hall of the People and broadcast live, state broadcaster CCTV said.

CCTV said that all regions and departments must organise the majority of party members, cadres, and the masses to listen and watch.

Flags across the country will be flown at half-mast as well as at Chinese government buildings overseas.

A three-minute silence will be held nationwide with sirens sounding.

Stock markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen will suspend trading for the duration of silence, as will the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's bourse will suspend the display of data on external screens at its offices for three minutes while senior executives observe the silence.

Public entertainment will be suspended on Tuesday, with some online games such as the popular League of Legends announcing a day's pause.

After anti-COVID protests last week became the most widespread public demonstration in China since the rally in 1989, a heavy security presence is expected in Beijing.