UAE Leaders Extend Condolences on Passing of Former Chinese Premier
Following the tragic announcement of former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's departure, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, sent his sincere condolences to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Prominent UAE leaders share their condolences.
In addition to President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, other prominent figures in the UAE, including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice-President, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Presidential Court, have also conveyed their heartfelt sympathies to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Demise of Former Premier Li Keqiang
Former Chinese Premier Li Keqiang unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack on October 27, just seven months after stepping down from a decade-long tenure in significant political roles. At the time of his passing, he was 68 years old.
Notable Economic Philosophy of Li: "Likonomics"
Li Keqiang, a distinguished economist, was an advocate for an open-market economy and supply-side reforms, a policy framework known as "Likonomics." Although not fully implemented, this economic philosophy had a significant impact on China's policy landscape.
A Loss Felt Across the Nation
In an official obituary released by China's state media, Xinhua, the death of Li was characterized as a "tremendous loss to the party and the nation." He was acknowledged as an "exceptional leader," and the obituary underscored his policy accomplishments, reiterating four times that he worked under the "strong guidance" of President Xi Jinping.
Public Mourning and Grief in China
Li Keqiang's unanticipated passing triggered a wave of grief and astonishment on Chinese social media platforms. Several government websites adopted a black-and-white motif to symbolize official mourning, and the Weibo microblogging platform modified its "like" button to a "mourn" icon, taking on the form of a chrysanthemum, on its mobile application.
Reflecting on Li's Dedication and Retirement
Li Keqiang had served as China's premier and the head of the cabinet for a decade under President Xi before retiring from all political roles in March. His sudden passing has prompted many to contemplate his unwavering dedication and contributions to the nation, especially considering his relatively young age at the time of his passing.