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Li Keqiang

Li Keqiang, born in 1955, became China's premier in March 2013. Like ex-president Hu Jintao, his power base lies with the Communist Youth League, where he was a member of the secretariat of the league’s central committee in the 1980s and later in the 1990s the secretariat’s first secretary. His regional governance experience includes a period as vice party boss, governor and party boss of Henan province between 1998 and 2003 and party boss of Liaoning province beginning in 2004. He became vice premier in 2008. Li graduated from Peking University with a degree in economics. 

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‘China has eclipsed Britain as superpower’, party mouthpiece declares amid Li Keqiang visit

Global Times rails against the British media and highlights dependence on China's billion-dollar investments

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 June, 2014, 12:30pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 June, 2014, 6:38pm
 

China has overtaken Britain as a world power, a state-run newspaper argued scornfully today, after Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of trade deals that will see Chinese invest in British high-speed trains and nuclear power.

"Britain's national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons who want to stress their nobility," the state-run Global Times wrote in an editorial.

Britain's national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons
Global Times commentary

"Chinese society is more and more relaxed in dealing with Sino-UK ties, while the British could not be pettier," it added as Li began the third and final day of his British trip.

The newspaper, which is close to China's ruling Communist Party, frequently takes a nationalistic tone.

Britain and China signed trade deals worth more than £14 billion (HK$184 billion), Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday.

China will invest in Britain's new high-speed rail link from London to northern cities, and in new nuclear power plants among other energy projects, according to a joint statement. That could include Britain importing Chinese reactors.

The trend of investment illustrates dramatically how much China has changed: from economic basket-case a few decades ago to now being in a position to export advanced technology to the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

"China is the largest developing country while Britain is the first industrialised nation, so further cooperation between the two would not only benefit themselves, but also the whole world," China's Xinhua news agency quoted Li as saying.

Among other trade deals, British energy giant BP says it will sign a pact worth around US$20 billion to supply China with liquefied natural gas. And Royal Dutch Shell signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Chinese energy giant CNOOC.

Li and Cameron have been working to repair a relationship that had suffered after a spat over Tibet.

But the improved mood was strained last week when The Times newspaper reported that Beijing had made a meeting between Li and Queen Elizabeth a precondition for the visit, threatening to call it off otherwise.

The Global Times dismissed such reports as "hype" which "only serves to reflect the narrow-mindedness of the British media and even the whole of its society".

"The once-powerful British Empire must now resort to such trickery to manifest its pride," it said.

"Perhaps Chinese people should forgive Britain's confusing sentiment," it continued. "A rising country should understand the embarrassment of an old declining empire and at times the eccentric acts it takes to hide such embarrassment."

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kongshan2047
Britain is now just a place where people go for vacation and to study. The dominance of the English language in the world owes much to the US and not Britain. The "only superpower" in the world today is the US and to be honest, I don't think China is in a position to challenge that at least for another 30-40 years. Even if China's total GDP surpasses the US, it isn't really that big of a deal either because the former's population is more than 4 times the latter. In theory, this means it takes 4 people in China to produce the same amount of goods and services that an average American can manage on its own.
Asynsis
Knowledge is Power. Britain created (& still inspires), the modern world today: our relatively multicultural, pluralistic British society has a rich, globally-spanning influence that best encourages synergistic free thinking; rigorously rational, convergent thought, innovation & divergent imagination. Our soft-power global OS: rule of law, separation of powers, free speech & press, universal suffrage, toleration of dissent, independent judiciary - all mature virtues that allow individuals & society to flow most freely, equitably & creatively.
The business suit worn as formal attire globally was invented in Piccadilly, London by Beau Brummell, derived from the military tunic. So today's global men's fashion, was first designed in Britain.
Britain's genius has been to dare to be different, to be lateral (witness our humour), to be imaginative & optimal in design solution-seeking, and then to spread that free thinking & world-transforming innovation & design all around the world, to help the world to "flow more freely - & in Chinese terms, to enhance its Qi-flows" (for example, both Capitalism and Marxism were invented in London, & have since been positively transforming & developing China with great success since 1911).
British design contributions to global prosperity & enlightenment continue via the global operating system of the viral English language, Apple's Jony Ive, the global library of the World Wide Web & now also, the Asynsis principle, first developed in London.
537c548c-f230-4ac6-97c6-350c0a320969
Another proof a truth difficult to swallow for a narrow-minded Brit who wants to stress nobility and chooses to live in the past. Indeed, we should understand the embarrassment a declining old empire is enduring....LOL
Beaker
That's funny. Britain ceased to be a superpower since the end of WW1, 1918. Some little twerp in Beijing wanting to win some points to appear more Pro China than his coworkers just embarrassed to heck all his country. Similar to some other twerp at China Daily calling the C919 "China's first jumbo jet". If it every flies, it is 2x2 seating, smaller than a B737. Looks like they pull phrases out of a 1970s phrase book left from tourists.
Marcus T Anthony
5000 years of civilisation and still acting like three year olds. I am sure most Chinese are deeply embarrassed by such infantile ego-posturing. Looks like Kim Jong-un is running the Party's propaganda team. Also, this only adds to the widespread impression that China is not interested in being an equal, but sees itself as superior to everyone. And just feel all those good vibes this attitude is creating around the region...
537c548c-f230-4ac6-97c6-350c0a320969
Another proof a truth difficult to swallow for a narrow-minded Brit who wants to stress nobility and chooses to live in the past. Indeed, we should understand the embarrassment a declining old empire is enduring....LOL
sipsip1238
Not yet, you need to also put your nose to the brown that flows out of Li Keqiang's mouth first before you're allowed the medal.
aksc
Though it is true but let's be more prudent in our public commentary. Let's
adhere to the century-old Chinese virtue and don't push the opponent to the corne!
cheungly
China is not going to go anywhere if it is trying to pick a fight everywhere it goes. You should exercise some self-control, China. Would not hurt if you could add in humility too :)
5359337f-85d8-4858-a065-34fa0a320969
Interestingly, what you said sound exactly like USA and its bully ally Britain. Stop bullying and **** off all the non-Christian countries. USA and Britain should exercise some self-control, particularly when they are 'developed' countries.

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