Indeed, when Deng relaunched China's economic reforms in 1992 and sent growth rates rocketing, he had only one official title: Honorary chairman of the Chinese Bridge Association.
[A similar relationship was expected to hold between Jiang and hiss successor, Hu Jintao. Hu once served as president of the party school in Beijing. (Note to would be slacker-freshmen: the mandate of the 'party school' is to train senior cadres for high office. Remarkably, the school has, at Mr Hu's behest, encouraged research into such areas as the development of social democratic parties in Europe).]