Li Keqiang Obituary-Death News; China’s Top Economic Official, Li Keqiang Passes Away At 68
State media said that former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who was once thought to be a reform-minded candidate for the nation’s top leadership position, passed away in Shanghai early on Friday morning from an unexpected heart attack.
His age was 68 years.
Under strongman leader Xi Jinping, Li, who was formally ranked as China’s No. 2 leader until late last year, led the nation as premier, or those in control of the economy, for ten years, from 2013 to March of this year.
Li’s tenure in the highest ranks of the Chinese Communist Party ended in October of last year when, as part of a twice-decade leadership transition, Chinese President Xi Jinping surrounded himself with influential loyalists and did not appoint him to the Central Committee.
Li was 67 years old at the time, one year shy of the senior Chinese Communist Party leaders’ unofficial retirement age.
During his last year in office, the economist with a degree from Peking University had been a vocal advocate for China’s economic concerns in the face of widespread Covid-19 lockdowns.
He supported initiatives to preserve economic stability and increase jobs.
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