Li Keqiang, China’s former PM, the second most powerful for a decade has passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 68.
During his time as Chinese PM, Li Keqiang navigated China through challenges such as rising government debt, trade tensions with the US, and the COVID-19 pandemic. His role as Chinese PM was limited to two five-year terms by China’s constitution.
News of Li Keqiang death has spread across Chinese media, with many expressing condolences and shock on social media platforms. Li was known for his efforts to promote the private economy, attract foreign investment, and streamline government procedures during his leadership.
However, under President Xi Jinping, economic decision-making power shifted to party organs as part of a broader effort to consolidate the party’s control.
Li’s passing is seen as a significant loss for moderate voices within the Chinese Communist Party, and his decision to step down voluntarily in March was viewed as an act of “broad-mindedness and high moral integrity.”
His last public appearance was at the National People’s Congress in March, where he delivered his final government work report.
In the months leading up to his death, Li was seen visiting a World Heritage site in northwestern China, although there were no official reports about this tour.