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Ex-Chinese leader Jiang takes step back: reports

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Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin has requested a lower rank in the Communist Party protocol, according to state media, with experts saying Thursday he bowed to pressure from outgoing President Hu Jintao. 

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin raises his hands to vote for a report at the closing of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 14 November 2012. Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin has requested a lower rank in the Communist Party protocol, according to state media, with experts saying Thursday he bowed to pressure from outgoing President Hu Jintao.

The 86-year-old, who retired as China's top leader a decade ago, is widely seen as a kingmaker within the top echelons of power in Beijing, particularly after a surprisingly prominent appearance at last November's 18th Party Congress.

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