Jiang Zemin, Up Close And Personal

Holding court at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, President Jiang Zemin comes across as genial and avuncular. He shakes hands and poses for a photo with each visitor. This is supposed to be a courtesy call, nothing more, by a small BUSINESS WEEK group. But, in a surprise, Jiang casually launches into a candid half-hour talk about the fine line he has to walk as China's head of state.

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