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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. 

Li Keqiang

Vice Premier of the PRC

Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 3:53pm

Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe shake hands despite latest war shrine visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shook hands with Premier Li Keqiang in Milan yesterday, despite a mass visit by Japanese lawmakers to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:50am 2 comments

China's economy needs stamina, not just speed, Li Keqiang tells European hosts

Premier Li Keqiang said that staying power would be more important to China's economy than speed of growth, as he reassured his German audience that Beijing would avoid a hard landing.

13 Oct 2014 - 9:41am

What did Premier Li really try to say about Occupy Central?

For the first time since the outbreak of the Occupy Central movement last month,  Premier Li Keqiang has offered some clues on how Beijing wants to see the pro-democracy protests brought to an end.

13 Oct 2014 - 6:21am 10 comments

Premier Li Keqiang pledges major projects, policy tweaks

Beijing will launch major investment projects in information networks, water conservancy and environmental protection this year, Premier Li Keqiang said.

9 Oct 2014 - 5:43am

Premier Li's tour gives boost to Shanghai trade zone

Premier Li Keqiang is set to make the most of the launch of an international gold trading platform as he beats the drum for the further development of the Shanghai free-trade zone, which has failed to live up to expectations in its first year.

18 Sep 2014 - 5:57am

Li Keqiang leaves world business leaders disappointed at Tianjin economic forum

Premier Li Keqiang failed to offer global business leaders any fresh solutions to the Chinese economy's slowing growth in his opening remarks at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin yesterday.

11 Sep 2014 - 8:34am 17 comments

Li Keqiang's football musings a signal he wants to see some policy teamwork

Is Premier Li Keqiang really a big fan of Germany's national football team? I don't know, but he decided to use Germany's victory in the World Cup this year to reaffirm a key point for policymaking and implementation: the importance of teamwork.

23 Jul 2014 - 9:18pm 2 comments

Li Keqiang urges peaceful development of seas, says conflict leads to 'disaster'

China wants to promote peaceful development of the oceans, Premier Li Keqiang has said. At the same time, he warned that conflicts in the past had only brought "disaster for humanity".

22 Jun 2014 - 6:00am 3 comments

Greece welcomes Li Keqiang visit in effort to aid economic recovery

Greece rolls out the red carpet for Premier Li Keqiang as the cash-strapped euro-zone nation looks for Chinese investment to put wind in the sails of its recovery.

20 Jun 2014 - 12:26pm

Chinese premier Li Keqiang 'had Taiwan in mind' over UK unity remark

When China's premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that he favoured the United Kingdom staying together, Chengxin Pan, a professor of international relations at Deakin University in Australia, said at first blush it sounded rather undiplomatic.

19 Jun 2014 - 9:59am 1 comment

Let’s make a deal: Li Keqiang seals HK$183b trade pact on visit to Britain

Beijing's latest trade deals with Britain illustrates dramatically how much China has changed: from economic basket case a few decades ago, to an envied position of exporting advanced technology to the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

19 Jun 2014 - 11:01am 3 comments

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

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 with the UK.

18 Jun 2014 - 6:38pm 40 comments

Premier Li Keqiang urges Scotland to remain part of the UK

China wants a strong, prosperous and united Britain, but will respect Scotland’s choice, Li says.

18 Jun 2014 - 5:34pm 4 comments

Royal start for Li Keqiang’s UK trip as China, Britain seal trade deals worth HK$184b

China and Britain signed trade deals worth over £14 billion (HK$184 billion) during a visit by Premier Li Keqiang in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday.

19 Jun 2014 - 4:30pm 12 comments

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