Li Peng, hardline Chinese premier who backed Tiananmen massacre, dies
Chinese President Jiang Zemin (L) chats with Chairman of the National People's Congress Li Peng during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee in Beijing in 2002. BEIJING - Li Peng, the former Chinese Premier remembered for his role in the brutal military suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protesters, has died aged 91, according to state-run media. After Li suffered a heart attack in 1993, Zhu gradually assumed more responsibility for the country's economic policies and eventually succeeded Li as Premier in 1998. He was widely said to have been adopted by Zhou Enlai, Communist China's highly respected first Premier who occupied the post from 1949 until his death in 1976. Li was last seen in public in October 2017 during the 19th Communist Party Congress as current President Xi Jinping further consolidated power while former leaders' influence waned.