Li Peng (left) was photographed in 1989 with Jiang Zemin in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Li died on Monday at age 90. Photo: Kyodo
Philip J. Cunningham
Opinion

Opinion

Philip J. Cunningham

Li Peng wasn’t the butcher of Tiananmen, just the man who took the fall for Deng Xiaoping

  • Li’s arrogance made him easy to hate in 1989, but he was picked on because his boss Deng Xiaoping had a no-nonsense manner that intimidated even rebels.
  • It is to Li’s shame that he enabled Deng’s will and did not resist the crackdown

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Li Peng (left) was photographed in 1989 with Jiang Zemin in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Li died on Monday at age 90. Photo: Kyodo
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