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Amid public anger over Covid-19 and more, the Chinese are feeling nostalgic for the Jiang era

While Jiang Zemin was not particularly popular when president of China, the "Toad King" more recently found a fanbase among younger Chinese. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - By and large, former Chinese president Jiang Zemin was not known to be a particularly revered or popular leader when he was in power.

The Chinese joke about how high he wore his trousers – nearly up to his chest – and his severely slicked-back hair, which, when paired with his signature large square-rimmed glasses, made him look like a toad, they said.

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