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Flattering profile on Li Xiaolin, ex-premier's daughter, draws flak amid ChinaLeaks revelations

Li Xiaolin in a profile photo taken in 2007 in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Li Xiaolin, the daughter of former Chinese premier Li Peng who now heads China Power International Development (CPI),  was "born with a mission" to run the Hong Kong-listed company, state newspaper China Enterprises

Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 2:51pm 2 comments

Li Peng's son, Li Xiaopeng, appointed acting governor of Shanxi

Li Xiaopeng (centre), son of former premier Li Peng, Shanxi's new acting governor. Photo: SCMP

Li Xiaopeng, who only just scraped into alternate membership of the Communist Party's Central Committee last month, has been appointed acting governor of Shanxi province, a promotion widely seen as a result of the continued influence of his father, former premier Li Peng.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am 2 comments

China’s backroom power brokers block reform candidates

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AFP

Retired leaders in China’s Communist Party used a last-minute straw poll to block two pro-reform candidates from joining the policymaking standing committee, including one who had alienated party elders, sources with ties to the leadership said.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:24am 2 comments

Ex-premier Li Peng's son wins fewest votes

Li Xiaopeng follows Xi Jinping in coming last. Photo: SCMP

With all 376 full and alternate members elected yesterday to the Communist Party's Central Committee, somebody has to be least popular among the bunch.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:08am

Retired life comes easy for China's former leaders

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

"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.

11 Nov 2012 - 3:28pm

Retired leader Li Peng seeks to show influence ahead of congress

Li Peng: in the news

Former premier Li Peng has thrust himself into the public eye before next week's party congress by donating 3 million yuan (HK$3.7 million) to a scholarship for poor university students in Yanan, the Communist Party's old revolutionary base in Shaanxi.

The source of the money was the proceeds of books Li wrote in retirement, CCTV reported yesterday.

31 Oct 2012 - 7:21am

Li Peng is latest party veteran to bask in spotlight

A lengthy People's Daily piece yesterday praising controversial former premier Li Peng is being seen as the latest attempt by party elders to flex their political muscles during sensitive talks to finalise the party's next leadership line-up.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Li Peng's thoughts get a big airing

In a rare move, People's Daily ran a full-page article yesterday about former premier Li Peng's new books on macroeconomics, as well as a commentary criticising mainstream Western economic thinking.

The article on Li's books comes at a politically sensitive time, ahead of a party congress this autumn that will see a once-in-a-decade transfer of power.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bloggers take a swipe at 'fashion week'

Plenty of famous faces, pomp and pageantry at the most significant annual political events in China have drawn much interest this week from the nation's army of web users, many of whom have taken a very critical stance on the lavish displays in a country where millions still live on less than US$1 a day.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Power firm shops for Europe bargains

China Power International Holding, parent of listed China Power International Development (CPID) - both chaired by former premier Li Peng's daughter, Li Xiaolin - is eyeing opportunities to invest in highly indebted European utility firms amid the region's sovereign credit crisis.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tiananmen diary becomes a hit

The diary of a former high-ranking mainland politician has become an internet sensation.

The unpublished diary, believed to have been written by former premier Li Peng on the 1989 student pro-democracy protests, became accessible online to millions of internet users over the weekend. It quickly became the hottest topic in mainland cyberspace.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Li Peng's diary sets cyberspace on fire

The unpublished diary believed to have been written by former premier Li Peng on the 1989 student pro-democracy protests became the hottest topic in mainland cyberspace over the weekend after it became accessible online to millions of savvy internet users.

7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Window on current leaders' response

Ex-premier Li Peng praised Wen Jiabao for his refusal to sign off on an important telegram that could have led to an emergency session of the National People's Congress over the legality of imposing martial law in Beijing in 1989, according to an unpublished book based on what are believed to be his diaries.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Li Peng resurfaces... on the bookshelves

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Pain of isolation shines through heartfelt story of confinement

In memoirs that are largely objective but calm, Zhao Ziyang opens his heart to recount the pain of his isolation after the bloodletting at Tiananmen when he was put under a house arrest that was illegal and extremely secretive.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am