(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
Personal: Birth date: August 17, 1926
Birth place: Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China
Birth name: Jiang Zemin
Father: Jiang Shijun
Mother: Wu Yueqing
Marriage: Wang Yeping
Children: Jiang Miankang (male); Jiang Mianheng (male)
Education: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Electrical Engineering, 1947
Other Facts: At the age of 13, was taken in by his late uncle's family as male heir to continue the Jiang Shangqing bloodline.
Timeline: 1946 - Joins the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
1955-1956 - Trainee with the Stalin Automobile Factory in Moscow, Soviet Union.
1971-1979 - Deputy Director and later Director of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the First Ministry of Machine-Building Industry.
1981-1982 - Vice Minister of the State Foreign Investment Commission.
1982 - Appointed Vice Minister of Electronics Industry and later in the year elected a member of the CCP Central Committee.
1983 - Promoted to Minister of Electronics Industry.
1985-1988 - Mayor of Shanghai.
June 1989 - Appointed General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, succeeding Zhao Ziyang.
November 1989 - Succeeds Deng Xiaoping as Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
1993-2003 - President of the People's Republic of China.
September 1997 - Unveils plan to privatize China's unprofitable state-owned enterprises.
October 28, 1997 - Meets with President Bill Clinton at the White House and attends a U.S.-China summit regarding nuclear power technology.
June 28, 1998 - In a live televised debate, discusses human rights with U.S. President Bill Clinton in Beijing.
July 16, 2001 - With Vladimir Putin in Moscow, signs the Treaty on Good Neighborly Friendship and Cooperation Between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China.
December 11, 2001 - China formally joins the World Trade Organization as the 143rd member.
November 2002 - Retires as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist party.
March 2003 - Limited to two five-year terms in office, steps down and Vice President Hu Jintao becomes President of China.
March 2005 - Formally steps down as chairman of the Chinese military, having offered his resignation in a letter in September of 2004.
October 9, 2011 - Appears at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of China's 1911 revolution. It is the first time he has been seen in public since rumors of his death spread in July 2011.
December 6, 2011 - The Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority fines Asia Television Limited (ATV) almost $39,000 (HK $300,000) for airing a report in July that suggested Jiang Zemin had died.