"Every man should confine himself to his own duties", the Chinese saying goes, and when state leaders retire they often vow to refrain from interfering in the nation's politics and seek more time to pursue personal interests. Some travel around the country to relax, write books and learn the arts, but others want to show they are still political heavyweights.Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 3:28pm
Former president Jiang Zemin was back in the limelight again yesterday - this time having his musical talent praised in an article by former vice-premier Li Lanqing in the party-run People's Daily.1 Nov 2012 - 7:08am
Bridge tactician Deng still inspires power players
Thanks to Deng Xiaoping, bridge has become a popular mind game among mainland senior officials and executives of state-owned big corporations.29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
Tennis, bridge, music and making seals are now the four favourite pastimes of former vice-premier Li Lanqing .
In a recent public lecture at Chongqing University, Mr Li revealed his 'secrets' to the audience, saying he was enjoying every moment of his retirement.
Mr Li, 73, joins a number of retired state leaders who have kept themselves busy after stepping down.1 Jun 2005 - 12:00am
VICE-PREMIER Li Lanqing says the education system will be revamped to push the development of the information-based economy.5 Mar 2000 - 12:00am
Widespread financial malpractice has thwarted economic performance and policy implementation, according to a party leader.
Vice-Premier Li Lanqing told the National Finance Conference in Beijing the problem had spread to nearly all sectors.23 Jul 1999 - 12:00am
Premier Zhu Rongji has started what is tipped to be a long campaign to placate parliamentarians and cadres opposed to China's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Steps have also been taken to boost the productivity of state-owned enterprises to prepare them for enhanced competition with multinationals and joint ventures.23 Apr 1999 - 12:00am
Zhu Rongji, who vowed last year to 'blaze my own trail and never hesitate', said yesterday he would overcome 'whatever hurdles and hardship' to victory.
On the eve of delivering his first report card to NPC deputies, the Premier told CPPCC members he was confident of reaching his goals.5 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
UN Environment Programme executive director Klaus Topfer met Vice-Premier Li Lanqing in Beijing.25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am
Executive Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji has ordered a reassessment of the mainland's economic strategy in view of the South Korean financial crisis.
This reappraisal will be reflected in the government work report to be delivered to the Ninth National People's Congress on March 5.26 Dec 1997 - 12:00am
The new Standing Committee of the Politburo has confirmed the growing status of Li Lanqing in mainland politics.
Since his appointment as Vice-Premier in 1993, Mr Li has been recognised for his efforts in reforming education and foreign trade.
His steady and tolerant style has made him popular among the leadership and the public.27 Sep 1997 - 12:00am
About 500 foreign reporters waited in the Big East Room of the Great Hall of the People yesterday to meet the new ruling elite.
It was not announced when the seven newly elected Standing Committee members would appear, but reporters knew the time had come when an attendant appeared at the lectern with a glass of water.20 Sep 1997 - 12:00am
A high-level meeting on grain ended with Executive Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji warning that Beijing would not tolerate cadres who suppress procurement prices.14 Jul 1997 - 12:00am
Premier Li Peng will open the 80th China Export Commodities Fair in Guangzhou today to show Beijing's full support to the country's ailing export sector.15 Oct 1996 - 12:00am
Vice-Premier Li Lanqing owes his meteoric rise in politics to an opportunity to display his crisis management skills during a small-scale student incident in 1987, a political analyst said.
He was then vice-minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation.29 May 1996 - 12:00am