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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. 

Premier Li Keqiang unlikely to make political headway during British visit

Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Britain will open more two-way trade and investment opportunities amid a slow global economic recovery, but the two sides are unlikely to make headway on political issues, analysts say.

Sunday, 15 June, 2014, 7:00am

Li Keqiang granted meeting with Queen Elizabeth during British visit

Premier Li Keqiang will meet Queen Elizabeth when he visits Britain next week, an unusual meeting that observers say shows how aware China has become of its world status.

14 Jun 2014 - 4:41am 16 comments

Premier Li Keqiang gets tough with officials of failure to implement top leaders' directives

Premier Li Keqiang expressed displeasure at the way local officials execute directives from the top and their inaction over the reform agenda, according to an article on the central government's official website.

4 Jun 2014 - 4:20am 5 comments

Africa must wait and see on Li Keqiang's ambitious promises, analysts say

During his week-long visit to Africa, Premier Li Keqiang secured economic and trade deals while simultaneously trying to persuade his hosts China had learned from mistakes on how to engage with the continent.

12 May 2014 - 8:09am 3 comments

Li pledges larger credit line, high-speed rail technology to Africa

Premier Li Keqiang unveiled extra aid for Africa totalling at least US$12 billion on Monday, and offered to share advanced technology with the continent to help with high-speed rail development, state media reported.

7 May 2014 - 8:09am 2 comments

Trade with Africa will double by 2020, Li Keqiang tells Ethiopia conference

Chinese direct investment was also expected to quadruple to US$100 billion within that time, Li said in a speech delivered at the congress' headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

6 May 2014 - 12:33pm 1 comment

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang takes wife on state visit for first time

Premier Li Keqiang kicked off a week-long trip to Africa, with his wife accompanying him for the first time on a state visit since he took office last year.

5 May 2014 - 2:25pm 2 comments

Between state media's lines often lies the crux of an issue

If you want to pick a way through the nuances and veiled meanings of the censored media on the mainland, it is useful to examine how the public reacts to it on the internet.

4 May 2014 - 4:15am

Premier Li Keqiang makes high-profile visit to Chongqing

Premier Li Keqiang has visited Chongqing, the first top state leader to visit the city since the 18th party congress in November 2012. Li began his trip on Sunday and focused on economics and people's livelihoods, steering clear of sensitive political topics.

29 Apr 2014 - 4:08am

Forget 'Likonomics', it's all about economic stimulus in China again

When Li Keqiang took over as premier early last year, he quickly became known for an economic plan called "Likonomics".

7 Apr 2014 - 7:56am 4 comments