Despite the occasional report of his death, former top leader Jiang Zemin is alive and
kicking moving slowly. Jiang met with Henry Kissinger earlier this month, and the two reminisced about the glory days just after Tiananmen Square, and bonded over how democracy is totally just for plebs.
According to the South China Morning Post:
Kissinger stressed how impressed he was by the “courage and determination” shown by Jiang when China faced “difficult times” after 1989. […]
“Xi Jinping is a very capable and talented state leader,” Jiang said. He went on to praise Xi’s swift handling of a recent clash in the ethnically-divided region of Xinjiang in which dozens of people were killed.
Jiang told Kissinger: “A country like China will inevitably face this or that kind of problem. These problems themselves are nothing to worry about.”
At this point, Kissinger presumably leaned back in his chair and cackled maniacally.