Book tells of Li father's Deng links

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 May, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 May, 1995, 12:00am

LI PENG'S late father was a close ally of patriarch Deng Xiaoping during the revolutionary period, according to a new biography of the premier being serialised in Wen Wei Po.

The first part of Yang Quan's biography tells how the orphan of a hero became premier of modern China.

In an apparent move to boost Mr Li's status, the article stressed the close friendship between his father, Li Shuoxun, and the patriarch as well as late premier Zhou Enlai.

When the elder Li was in Shanghai in the 1920s, he was an associate of both Mr Deng, then party secretary-general of Shanghai and then party boss Zhou.

'When he was working underground in Shanghai, he was under the direct leadership of Zhou Enlai and he had to report to Deng Xiaoping. He was very familiar with both Zhou and Deng,' the paper quoted Mr Deng's recollections as saying.

Zhou later became the foster father of Li Peng.

The elder Li, a native of Sichuan, was credited with his participation in the Nanchang Uprising on August 1, 1927. He then mostly gathered intelligence for the Communist Party and was later transferred to Shanghai and then to southern China.

The paper said Mr Li's father, the brave and exemplary party member, had sacrificed his life for the Communist Party.

He was among millions of communists who died in the guerilla wars against Kuomintang troops in the 1920s and 1930s.

Li Peng was three when his father died in 1931, aged 28, after being arrested and tortured by Kuomintang members in the city of Haikou.



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