Former Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji 'in good health'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 1:53pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 4:36am

Former premier Zhu Rongji, is generally in good health despite his advancing years, his daughter said.

"He is getting older with time and some of his tissues and organs inevitably have had some problems, but in general he is quite healthy for his age," Zhu Yanlai told the Xinan Evening News. Her comments came on the sidelines of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, in which she serves as a delegate.

Zhu served as premier between 1998 and 2003. The 85-year-old former official is still popular on the mainland due to his reputation for having a strong work ethic and his contribution to the nation's transformation from a planned economy to a more market-oriented model.

His daughter said she flies to Beijing at least once a month to visit her parents. "My father has been retired for 11 eleven years. [I] appreciate that you still care so much about him," she said.

The former premier was last seen publicly in September, when he appeared on a videotaped speech to accompany the United States launch of his book on his economic reform programme.

He appeared in good spirits and spoke in English in the video.


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