Former National People’s Congress chairman Li Peng (right) and former president Jiang Zemin leave the Great Hall of the People at the end of the NPC’s annual session in 2003. Photo: AFP

Obituary: Li Peng, China’s technocrat ‘communist warrior’ who rose to the top in chaotic times

  • Li became premier as conservatives and reformists fought over country’s direction in the 1980s and 90s, and oversaw Tiananmen Square crackdown
  • A Soviet-trained engineer, Li also pushed for approval for the mammoth Three Gorges Dam project to harness the Yangtze River
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Former National People’s Congress chairman Li Peng (right) and former president Jiang Zemin leave the Great Hall of the People at the end of the NPC’s annual session in 2003. Photo: AFP
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