Bo Yibo, Leader Who Helped Reshape Chinese Economy, Dies at 98 – Joseph Kahn

From The New York Times:
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Bo Yibo, the last of the Eight Immortals, Communist Party leaders who steered China through a politically volatile shift from Maoism to today’s market-oriented economic boom, died Monday. He was 98…

As one of the elderly but immensely influential party veterans who hovered above the country’s appointed leadership in the 1980s and 90s, Mr. Bo helped Deng Xiaoping, the paramount leader who died in 1997, overcome elite opposition to capitalist-style economic reforms.

Also like Deng, Mr. Bo had little tolerance for political liberalization. He played an important role in purging Hu Yaobang, a popular party leader who favored faster political change, in 1987. Mr. Bo also defended the army crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989, which left hundreds of people dead.
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The news of Bo’s death appeared as top story and there is the special news webpages of him being set up in both Sina and Sohu websites, the tow major news site in China. View the Chinese report here.

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