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  1. Li Keqiang: Scholar who passed up foreign study for party

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma The political life of Li Keqiang began in a destitute village. In 1974, at the age of 19, Mr Li, a high school graduate from Hefei No8 Secondary School, shared the fate ... congress. 'On campus, Li Keqiang was a student with an active mind and sharp words,' Mr Wang was quoted in an earlier report as saying. 'He has his own independent thinking ...

  2. Deadly fires stoked by social tensions

    Posted Jul 06th 2007, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... in Liaoning's Benxi county on Wednesday. The China News Service quoted Liaoning party chief Li Keqiang as saying anyone found responsible would be harshly punished. The explosion killed at least 25 ...

  3. Hu protege shows he's got what it takes

    Posted Feb 06th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... of December 26 in 2004 coincided with another, more positive, seismic shift in the northeastern province of Liaoning. Li Keqiang, on his 12th day as the province's new party chief, made ... Vice-Governor Li Jia, in charge of the project. It was the new party chief who accelerated the project. Four days after returning to Shenyang, the provincial capital, from the Modigou slums, Li Keqiang ...

  4. Congress secures Hu legacy

    Posted Oct 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... to join the top ranks are the party bosses in Shanghai and the northeastern province of Liaoning, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. The two are widely considered as the fifth-generation leaders to take ... to succeed Mr Hu in 2012. Li Keqiang is to become executive vice-premier, taking over the portfolio from Huang Ju, who died in June of cancer. He is expected to succeed Mr Wen in five years' ...

  5. Protege Li steps into spotlight

    Posted Nov 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Politburo Standing Committee member Li Keqiang. Tipped to be one of China's next top leaders, Mr Li, a close ally of President Hu Jintao, made his foreign reception debut yesterday morning when he met European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and other EU officials at the Great Hall of the People. Mr Li's opening remarks showed slight nervousness but were on the whole ...

  6. Hu's choice of heir far from assured as party readies for reshuffle

    Posted Sep 24th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Li Keqiang is the man. Those who follow mainland politics closely appear to accept that he will be included in the new leadership line-up that will emerge from the Communist ... the Shanghai party secretary, Xi Jinping, 54, and the Jiangsu party secretary, Li Yuanchao, 57. It is easy to understand why Li Keqiang is the preferred choice. He and Mr Hu worked closely together ...

  7. Four allies of Hu elevated to new Politburo

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Committee, where he has met stronger opposition to his rule. Six of the nine new members were in their 50s, with Li Keqiang, a Hu protege and party secretary in Liaoning, and Chongqing party boss ... all Standing Committee members except Mr Xi and Li Keqiang. 'But apart from age, whether they will be promoted or sidelined will be decided primarily by their political performance ...

  8. One script, two personalities as rivals get to work

    Posted Oct 17th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi in Beijing Party's foremost rising stars show different working styles as they meet delegates Li Keqiang, one of two men tipped to lead the mainland in five years, did ... to succeed incumbent party chief Hu Jintao in 2012. Mr Li, the 54-year-old Liaoning party chief, had been leading the game before Mr Xi, the 52-year-old Shanghai party chief entered the fray very ...

  9. Rising hotshots don't disappoint

    Posted Oct 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi If yesterday's final vote for the Communist Party's new Central Committee portended anything, Xi Jinping would outstrip Li Keqiang in the two-horse race for the country's top job in five years- with a razor-thin margin. In closed-door balloting, which was not made public, Mr Xi, 54, the Shanghai party chief, garnered 2,227 votes out of 2,235, and Mr Li, his ...

  10. Politburo trio tipped to take State Council roles in reshuffle

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and Li Keqiang, the new face on the Politburo Standing Committee, is expected to become the council's executive vice-premier, filling the position left by Huang Ju, who died in June. ... experience. 'They will take a steady approach, with creative thinking to lead China's reform drive,' he said. Liaoning party chief Li Keqiang has a law degree and a PhD in economics ...




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