pinnacle. Since the end of the 1980s, he had made his voice heard constantly and had been labeled the “CPC veteran cadre + CPC critic.”
As a representative figure among veteran outspoken officials, he was hailed among Chinese liberals and Western public opin
ion. Among his propositions, the most famous was opposing the construction of the Three Gorges Dam.
Looking back on Li’s life, the prime of his life was embedded in the wave of the Chinese Revolu
tion and the country’s early development; he suffered a lot during that period of time.
In his later years, he participated in the creation of a special type of “veteran cadre + critic.” Stronger opinion was not at al
l unusual in those years, but the label of a retired official helped increase the gravity of Li’s voice and consolidated his stance.
Li’s later years were a success from another perspective as well. He had been enjoying a
generous pension and lavish benefits after retirement until he died in Beijing Hospital.
While benefiting from the privileges the state provided, he was also supported by China’s do
mestic anti-establishment forces and some Western powers. He was one of China’s least lonely old men and veteran cadres.
It should be noted that Li in his later years became a symbol of the diversificat
ion of Chinese society. Considering the meaning of this symbol, different conclusions can be drawn.
Supporters may hold that he had added a voice and more importantly a “scarce voice,” while
opponents would argue that he had become a tool for hostile and unfriendly forces to attack the Chinese system.
Li’s later years demonstrated a special way of boycotting China’s mainstream path. Such a role played by him may reflect various value judgments.
its poor performance in recent polls in three key Indian states.
One key factor that apparently sealed the fate of the BJP was prevailing anger among upper castes. So the first thing the prime
minister did was to grant 10 percent job reservation to the less well-off among the upper castes.
The BJP projected the move as a “game changer” which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society bu
t now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising “minimum income guarantee” fo
r every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.
The head of the Pakistan Navy hailed the Chinese navy’s participation in the Aman 19 multinational maritime exercise during a visit to the
warship Kunlunshan on Sunday, saying that the Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean is vital to regional security.
Pakistan is holding its sixth multinational maritime naval drills, Aman 19, from Friday to Tuesday in Ka
rachi, with navies and observers from 46 countries including China, Russia and the US participating in the exercise.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), which has participated in all
previous Aman exercises, sent two warships from the Task Group 998 for the exercise.
“The PLA Navy has always been a very big participant, we are really grateful for that,” Ch
ief of the Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi told the Global Times during his visit.