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.
pressures, it is actually a need for China’s economic development, at the current stage, to further open up markets. Thus, the c
ountry’s accelerated opening-up is not only the response to the external risks, but also a key step in transforming pressures into new growth momentum.
So far, the openness of China’s manufacturing sector is relatively high, especially compared to the degree of ope
nness in the service industry, with foreign ownership limits and license restrictions set in such sectors like m
edical care, education, express delivery and others. Since the overall manufacturing sector is now basically opening up,
there is a high possibility that China will expand the opening of the service industry in the near future. Specifically, finance, medical care, education
and elderly care are all potential sectors that could see greater market access, as the current Chinese society is also in need of these services.
In other words, China has already got the basic conditions for further opening up of its service industry. With the country’s
per capita GDP exceeding $9,000, the proportion of residents’ basic living consumption has declined, while the co
nsumption demand for information, culture, medical care, education, elderly care, entertainment and other services has increased.
Some observers, however, have been concerned about the impact of increased opening-up on the domestic services industry. It is
undeniable that such an impact is inevitable, but it should be viewed as the pressure to stimulate the innovation and
of the polls postponement is that it would cause many voters to be depressed and the country might record a low turnout of electorates when the election eventually holds.
“The momentum is dying. I hope it’s not dead in one week,” he said.
According to the electoral chief, shifting the polls was “a difficult decision for the Commission to take.”
For more than seven hours, the electoral chief and the 12 nation
al commissioners of the INEC were in a closed-door meeting on Friday night.
The elections were supposed to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of res
ults was to take place in 8,809 registration areas or wards, 774 local government areas in 36 states and the capital Abuja.
Sources had hinted a possible postponement of the election due to logistic challenges in some parts of the country.
The official News Agency of Nigeria, citing official sources in the north-central state of Niger
had reported that ballot papers for two of the state’s three senatorial districts were missing as of Friday evening.