It's hard to say good-bye, and China's outgoing President Jiang Zemin seems determined not to. Despite hopes for a real transfer of power to new Communist Party leader Hu Jintao, officials say Jiang will remain as chairman of the Central Military Commission for several more years. Army general Xu Caiyou, whom Jiang just promoted, declared that his boss's continued leadership ensures "lasting political stability." Less charitable observers have portrayed it as a simple lust for power.
Jiang isn't breaking new ground by keeping the post—arguably the country's most important, since it makes him the military commander in chief. His...
To continue reading: or Log-In
Want the full story?
Get TIME the way you want it
Week Digital Pass — $4.99
Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS — $2.99
Year ALL ACCESS — Just $30! Best Deal!
Print Magazine + Digital Edition +
Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com
Learn more about the benefits of being
a TIME subscriber
If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!