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. 

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

Friday, 13 March, 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

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

Premier Li Keqiang says that staying power would be more important to China's economy than speed of growth.

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?

If Li’s latest message is well received among Hongkongers and inside the government, the next step must be negotiations between the protesters and the government.

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

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

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 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

Li Keqiang addresses the World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He failed to offer any new initiatives on the economy, leaving many participants disappointed. Photo: Xinhua

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

Premier Li Keqiang cited the German team as an example for the ministries "to try their best to cooperate with each other".

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'

Li Keqiang with Greek premier Antonis Samaras. Photo: Xinhua

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

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

Premier Li Keqiang inspects a guard of honour in London. Photo: Reuters

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

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

Li Keqiang with Scotland's Alex Salmond back in 2011. Photo: AFP

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

Greece welcomes Li Keqiang visit in effort to aid economic recovery

A Cosco ship in Greece.

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

‘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

Premier Li Keqiang (right) with British Prime Minister David Cameron at their meeting in London on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

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

18 Jun 2014 - 5:34pm 4 comments