As Premier, Zhu faced political challenges that were, for him, a slightly bigger challenge than management of China’s complex economy. In 1999, an American bomber over Serbia fired five missiles into the Chinese embassy. A diplomatic uproar ensued, and Chinese took to the streets in protest. Zhu urged moderation, arguing that stability was more important… Read more »
After Deng’s death, Jiang Zemin and Zhu become China’s President and Premier. In addition to the economy, Zhu added maintaining domestic stability to his list of duties.