At memorial meeting, China observes silence

At memorial meeting, China observes silence

At a memorial meeting held to commemorate former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, attendees at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday observed a moment of silence. The late leader passed away on November 30 at the age of 96. FENG YONGBIN CHINA DAILY Comrade Jiang Zemin's Funeral Committee issued an announcement on Tuesday expressing gratitude for the condolences received over Jiang's passing.

The No 3 announcement expressed heartfelt gratitude to heads of state and government, parliaments, government departments, political parties, and prominent figures from various circles in many countries, including Chinese, overseas Chinese, and compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, who have sent a large number of messages and letters of condolence and made speeches and participated in memorial services to express their grief and profound sympathy.

People in Wangfujing Street, Beijing, watch a televised memorial for the late leader Jiang Zemin on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Hong Kong secondary school students raised the national flag at a memorial service for former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin. PETER PARKS AFP Jiang was praised as an outstanding leader with high prestige, which was acknowledged by the whole Party, the entire military and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

Jiang was a great Marxist, a great military strategist and diplomat, a long-time communist fighter, and an outstanding leader of the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics. He was the heart of the Party's third generation of collective leadership and the principal founder of the Theory of Three Represents.