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. 

Honesty is an essential element of China's push for innovation

Baidu initially denied the claims of wrongdoing, saying it had made an "honest mistake". Photo: Simon Song

How innovative is China these days? The answer is getting increasingly unclear after a series of embarrassing events.

Sunday, 14 June, 2015, 7:45pm 3 comments

Small change in China's mobile data services shows big power struggle in reform

Premier Li Keqiang says China is the world's biggest mobile phone market, but internet speeds are ranked worse than 80th in the world. Photo: AFP

Premier Li Keqiang has apparently lost his patience in recent weeks about many small but important things.

17 May 2015 - 10:31pm

Chinese premier Li Keqiang to use free-trade zones to cut high bank rates

Photo: AP

Premier Li Keqiang has sent a clear message to the mainland's commercial banks: he will use free-trade zones to ratchet up pressure on the lenders to cut borrowing costs for cash-hungry businesses.

25 Apr 2015 - 10:04am 1 comment

China's Premier Li urges reluctant banks to support real economy

Premier Li Keqiang says downward pressure on growth is increasing.

Premier Li Keqiang has urged banks to do more to support the real economy, as mainland authorities grow frustrated with their reluctance to lend for productive investment.

19 Apr 2015 - 3:45am 1 comment

China's premier warns worst-performing provinces to boost economic growth

Premier Li Keqiang visits Jilin province last week. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang has urged leaders of the northeastern provinces to meet their economic growth targets this year, after the region registered the nation's worst performance last year.

15 Apr 2015 - 2:47pm

China needs new trade route to future, Premier Li Keqiang says

Premier Li Keqiang addresses officials on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

China can become more competitive and try to stave off an economic slowdown by selling more equipment, investing more offshore and exporting manufacturing capacity, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.

9 Apr 2015 - 11:22am

Be more responsive to public concerns, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang tells ministers

In a visit to the state commerce regulator on Friday, Li urged government departments to cut red tape and help entrepreneurs and start-ups by improving the business environment. Photo: Simon Song

Premier Li Keqiang has urged his ministers to be more proactive in responding to issues that concern the public, amid increasing slackness in the government that observers blame on the nation's anti-graft drive.

23 Mar 2015 - 8:15am

Fears that Beijing is tightening grip on Hong Kong 'unnecessary': Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang says the central government is committed to the consistent and full implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang has dismissed as 'unnecessary' worries that Beijing is tightening control over Hong Kong, telling journalists that the policy towards the city 'cannot be changed at will'.

16 Mar 2015 - 8:39am 47 comments

'Like taking a knife to one's flesh': Li Keqiang vows to push on with 'painful reforms'

Premier Li Keqiang addresses the media in the Great Hall of the People yesterday, admitting that he sees difficulties ahead for China to meet its economic growth target. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang admitted that China would face difficulties meeting its growth target but vowed to press ahead with "painful reforms" to cut red tape and spur growth through innovation.

16 Mar 2015 - 11:59am 7 comments

China will protect borders says premier, after bomb from Myanmar warplane killed Chinese civilians

Rebel soldiers of Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) gather at a military base in Kokang. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday that China would resolutely protect its borders after its military alleged that a stray bomb from a Myanmese aircraft killed five of its citizens.

17 Mar 2015 - 10:54am

China's premier 'fails to grab headlines' in the shadow of powerful president Xi

Xi Jinping (left) has overshadowed Li Keqiang. Photo: Reuters

The annual legislative session is usually the premier's time to take centre stage, opening the meetings with a state-of-the-union-style policy speech and capping the 10-day gathering with a televised press conference.

16 Mar 2015 - 5:32am 4 comments

Premier Li Keqiang shows he gets the web, but not necessarily what it takes to end officials' abuses

Li Keqiang has right homely tone, but not the substance

Official documents in China are normally full of formalistic jargon. So when Premier Li Keqiang used an internet buzzword - renxing - in his keynote policy speech, state media were quick to laud his people-friendly approach to political discourse.

15 Mar 2015 - 7:26am

State Council calls for angel investors to help grow start-ups and jobs in China

Chinese president Xi Jinping (left) and premier Li Keqiang are hoping start-ups and technology businesses can help drive up employment. Photo: EPA

The State Council, China's cabinet, issued a call yesterday for ministries and local governments at "all levels" to support innovation and start-ups

13 Mar 2015 - 10:26am 7 comments

China prepares to inject US$10 billion of funds into cash-strapped Balkans

Prime Minister Li Keqiang with Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade ahead of a regional meeting. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang is meeting 16 central and eastern European leaders at a summit to cement Beijing's plans for a new transport network to funnel exports into Europe.

17 Dec 2014 - 4:44am

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

A group of Japanese parliamentarians follow a Shinto priest during a visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine yesterday. Photo: AFP

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