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Why Premier Li signed autographs

Updated: Feb 16,2015 7:31 PM

[Photos by Liu Zhen/China News Service]

Premier Li Keqiang rarely signs autographs for anyone, but he broke his rule for a group of 16 children.

During his visit to Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province, on Feb 14, the children surrounded Premier Li, asking him to play Ping-Pong with them.

The Premier explained that he could not accept their invitation — though he would like to do so — due to his tight schedule, so he offered to sign autographs for them as a sort of compensation.

He signed his name on several table tennis rackets and — the next morning — he also signed 16 photos of himself and the children, and asked his aides to give the photos to his young fans.