Wan Li, Chi­nese politi­cian known for his re­form poli­cies, dies at age 99

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Wan Li, a Chi­nese politi­cian known for his re­form poli­cies, died Wed­nes­day at the age of 99, state media said.

The state-run dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion The Pa­per, cit­ing Wan’s son, said he died in Bei­jing. State broad­caster CCTV also re­ported Wan’s death.

Wan was the chair­man of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, China’s top leg­is­la­ture, in 1989 when stu­dents gath­ered in Bei­jing’s Tianan­men Square for prodemoc­racy demon­stra­tions. Wan’s stance on the protests was never made clear, though he never openly op­posed the bloody mil­i­tary crack­down that ended them.

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