The daughter of former premier Li Peng said yesterday her father had recovered following rumours that he had suffered a stroke.
Confronted about the speculation on the sidelines of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meeting, Li Xiaolin did not deny media reports about her father's poor health, saying only that he was now in good shape.
'As an old man in his 80s, I think it's understandable that there was something wrong with his health. But the old man is now very healthy. Thank you for your concern,' she said.
The Taiwan-based Central News Agency reported last month that Mr Li, 80, suffered a stroke on February 5 and had been admitted to hospital.
The report said his mouth and eyes appeared distorted although his life was not in danger. The government has yet to confirm or deny the report.
Famed for his decision to build the controversial Three Gorges Dam, Mr Li also announced martial law after pro-democracy student protesters occupied Tiananmen Square in 1989.
He also served as the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress between 1998 and 2003.
Ms Li, the chief executive of China Power International Development, said yesterday that her father had been very busy in retirement. 'He has published six sets of his diaries, and more will be coming out,' she said.