Exclusive Li Keqiang, Best Former Chinese Premier, Dies at 68

Exclusive Li Keqiang, Best Former Chinese Premier, Dies at 68

Exclusive Li Keqiang Death News

Breaking News: Li Keqiang, Beloved Former Chinese Premier, Passes Away at 68. Discover His Remarkable Legacy! 🌟 #LiKeqiang #China #Legacy

The former Chinese premier, Li Keqiang was sixty-eight years old when he died from a heart attack.

Despite the effort to save him, state media reported that he died at 10 minutes past midnight the time it occurred.

At one time, Li had been viewed as the likely heir apparent and successor to the presidency.

He was a trained economist who ranked second at the leadership of China but with recently, he was an isolate in the first circle of leaders in China.

Unlike another of the incumbents top officials, he was not of the faction belonging to Mr Xi’s faithful.

“BBC was told by Ian Chon, the Carnegie China think tank’s non-resident scholar that Li’s death is the termination of a key moderator from among the top tier of the Communist Chinese Party, with apparently nobody in position to succeed,” Ian Chong

It probably signifies that Mr. Xi will not have less restraint on his use of power and force.

Exclusive Li Keqiang, Best Former Chinese Premier, Dies at 68
Li rose through the party ranks despite not having any power base

While he was in Shanghai to reside the day that he did not make it, Li, who had resigned the position of prime minister in march this year, suffered the heart attack and passed away soon afterwards.

The Chinese internet is filled with sorrow for the loss of the man. It appears that many comments have been disabled from most of these posts.”

“That was too sudden! He was way too young,” commented a user on China’s Weibo website. One called death “like a pillar of our home”.

However, the coverage of is death mainly has appeared in the news from non-state owned media outlets. In brief, a statement by Xinhua – state’s news provider, failed to cite any official language, which assessed Li’s work in the political party.

In the past, protests were instigated following deaths of some former Chinese leaders. Last year’s show of mourning upon Jiang Zemin’s death came off as an oblique criticism of president Xi.

He is recognized amongst the cleverest political figures of his era. Following the universities having been reopened after the Cultural Revolution where millions died, he was admitted in the renowned Peking University Law School.

His reputation goes beyond Chinese borders – the so-called Li Keqiang index – created by The Economist – an informal gauge of Chinese economy’s success.

‘Told it how it is’ man

Li’s family was of minor means and his father was a lower local government officer. Dingyuan county of Anhui province is an area where a man, Xi Jinping, was born in July 1955.

Through this, he rose through the ranks to be the youngest provincial governor in China and even the Politburo Standing Committee.

In one instance rumours suggested that he had been earmarked as a possible successor of Mr Hu Jintao.

He was referred to as Mr Hu’s boy and was the only member from the Hu administration on the Politburo standing commission that resigned this march. The Hu period will be remembered as an era of open-mindedness towards Western culture and more liberal ideas.

Economically, Li stressed out equality within the state through narrowing down the inequality gap and making houses affordable.

Prof. Bert Hofman stated: “He was an open, passionate man who wanted to push things forward in China and to engage in an open dialog with everybody.”

Dr Chong described Li as “open and reformist in his economic orientation”. He is rather a technocrat than an ideologue or a loyalist.

Exclusive Li Keqiang, Best Former Chinese Premier, Dies at 68
Now President Xi (L) and Li (R) in 2007 under the Hu administration

However, Li was proactive in pushing for policies that would promote venture capitalism and tech innovation amongst the youths.

He was an economist in a party that comprised mainly of engineers but known in China for “telling it like it is”, that is, he openly acknowledged China’s economic smalaise as part of the solution process.

Likonomics was his economic policy of structural reform and debt reduction meant to move China away from debt-based growth to more solid ground.

However, articles published as early as 2016 in the People’s Daily abandoned “Likonomics” and replaced it with the “Mr Xi Economic Concept,” which put more emphasis on microeconomic reforms and suggested supply-side reforms.

As pointed by Hofman, Li led the biggest anti-pollution campaign while he served as premier. He declared war on pollution in the year 2014 making it a national emergency and this has reduced pollution and associated illnesses greatly [cite:::].

However, the last stages of Li’s term were marked by the pandemic and the struggle with a zero-covid policy.

He cautioned during this period that the economy was under tremendous pressure and asked that the officials should not allow the limits crush all growth. Even he showed up without a mask on in public, before China reversed its zero-COVID position.

However, if he ordered cadres to maintain the zero-covid policy then there would be nothing he could say to cadres.

ZERO-COVID devastated China’s economy badly; it disrupted supply chains and closed down businesses in places like the economic capital Shanghai, all the way to small towns.

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