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Former China Communist Party official Qiao Shi dies at 91

BEIJING (AP) — Qiao Shi, a senior Communist Party official and chairman of China’s legislature in the 1990s, died Sunday at the age of 91, state media said.

Qiao died Sunday morning in Beijing of an unspecified illness for which he was being treated, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

For 10 years starting in 1987, Qiao was a member of China’s top leadership panel, the Politburo Standing Committee, at a time when the Communist Party was led by Zhao Ziyang and then Jiang Zemin.

Qiao also served as chairman of China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress, from 1993 to 1998.

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