Li Peng, China’s former premier, died in Beijing late on Monday aged 90. Photo: AFP
Li Peng, China’s former premier, died in Beijing late on Monday aged 90. Photo: AFP

Former Chinese premier Li Peng dies, aged 90

  • Known in China as a ‘loyal communist warrior’, Li is also remembered abroad as the ‘Tiananmen Butcher’ for backing the crackdown on student-led protests in 1989
  • Death of controversial politician prompts renewed calls for him to ‘be held accountable’ for bloodshed three decades ago

Li Peng, China’s former premier, died in Beijing late on Monday aged 90. Photo: AFP
Li Peng, China’s former premier, died in Beijing late on Monday aged 90. Photo: AFP
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