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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. 

Shanghai Gold Exchange, under the oversight of the central bank, will launch the international gold trading platform 11 days ahead of schedule, coinciding with the premier's visit. Photo: EPA

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.

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