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Xi praises Jiang as economic reformer

Mourners during a minute’s silence on Tuesday in front of Jiang Zemin’s residence in his birthplace Yangzhou. The three minutes of silence declared during the funeral service were held throughout the country.

In the Great Hall of the People, where the Communist red usually dominates, everything was in black and white for yesterday’s funeral of former state and party leader Jiang Zemin. Men wore black suits, black ties and a white mourning flower in their buttonholes. Some came in Mao-style suits with stand-up collars. During the nationally decreed three-minute silence, Jiang’s widow Wang Yeping remained seated in her wheelchair in the front row. She appeared quite frail.

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