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[NPC & CPPCC] Li Yining and His Thirty Years with Two Sessions

MAR . 15 2017
Peking University, Mar 14, 2017: On Mar 3, 2017, member of the National Committee of CPPCC, Honorary president of Guanghua School of Management and eminent economist Li Yining entered Beijing Railway Hotel, where the Two Sessions’ parallel session for economy was held.
As one of the 30 giants who has influenced China’s economy in the past forty years, as a champion of reform who has always been attentive to people’s welfare, and as a constant focus of media who has been bogged down in controversies and frequently “bombarded,” Scholar Li Yining, aged 87, attended the NPC and CPPCC sessions for the 30th time this year.
Forethought and Courage
As an exemplary figure devoted to theories of ownership reform, Li owns an academic career fraught with controversies. The theories of ownership and shareholding reform he once brought forth have been widely disputed; nonetheless, the full-scale implementation of Chinese Reform verified his theories in the1990s.
In the past 30 years, though his statements given at the two sessions could always arouse fervent discussion, Li still devoted himself to promoting the reform courageously. Time and practice are the touchstones of his foresight.
Counsel and Wisdom
Li has a couple of nicknames, such as “Mr. Stock Market,”“Mr. Private Business” and “Mr. Urbanization,” yet he jokingly said that none of them could cover his academic thoughts thoroughly.
Undoubtedly, with his insight and wisdom, Li has offered pertinent counsels on Chinese reform and development, which are currently influencing the future of China.
Judgment and Composure  
As a witness of complex economic fluctuations, Li maintains his own judgment over Chinese macroeconomic trends. When the economic was overheating, he calmly put forward “cooling” proposals; and when foreign medias badmouthed Chinese economy in chorus, he held a positive view firmly and composedly. 
Focusing on People’s Welfare
Li renders his foremost concern on humanistic pragmatism: upward he assists in deepening the reform, downward he dedicates to improving people's welfare.
During the Two Sessions in 2005, Li used the following words as the conclusion of his speech: "economists have to withstand two kinds of pressure—one is from your higher-ups, the other is from the Internet; and every economist should be committed to the truth and be able to rectify errors.”
These words may be the best description of Li Yining, the 87-year-old scholar, and his time with the Two Sessions in the past 30 years. 
Written by: Wei Yunqi
Edited by: Xu Penghang
Source: PKU News (Chinese)