Reappearance of China’s 91-year-old former president at Communist party congress follows months of rumours of his death

As the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, delivered a signature policy speech in Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, China’s internet was far more interested in the 91-year-old bespectacled man seated next to him.

During Xi’s three-hour address, Chinese internet users marvelled at Jiang Zemin, the nonagenarian former president – with many expressing surprise to see him alive after months of rumours speculating on his demise.

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