Politics News: Former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Passes Away at 68


In a shocking development, state media has reported that Li Keqiang, the former premier of China, has passed away from a heart attack. Just nine months ago, he had stepped down from his role as the country’s second highest-ranking leader. According to the state-run Global Times, all rescue measures failed to save Li after he had a sudden heart attack on Oct. 26, and he passed away at 00:10 on Oct. 27. Throughout his career, which included two terms alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping, Li’s influence dwindled as Xi consolidated more power over the government and economy. After retiring in March, the 68-year-old former “sent down youth” who experienced China’s Cultural Revolution in the provinces, became an economist after graduating from the prestigious Peking University. Notably, Li was recognized for his market-oriented economic policies, leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to reduce the wealth gap.


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