Body of senior Chinese legislator cremated in Beijing

08:18, October 28, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with a relative of Peng Chong, former vice chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress, during the farewell ceremony of Peng Chong held at the Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

The body of Peng Chong, a senior Chinese legislator and political advisor, was cremated at Beijing's Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery on Wednesday.

President Hu Jintao, top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, and state and Party leaders Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and He Guoqiang bid a final farewell to Peng Chong.

Peng, who had served as vice chairman of China's top legislature and the top political advisory body, died of illness in Beijing on Oct. 18 at an age of 96.

Peng was also a member of the Political Bureau of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, vice chairman of the fifth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and vice chairman of the standing committees of the fifth, sixth and seventh National People's Congresses.

He was described in an official statement as a "loyal Communist fighter," "proletarian revolutionist" and "outstanding leader of the CPC's political work and the construction of China's socialist legal system."



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