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. 

Economic growth of 7.2 per cent annually is needed to ensure that 10 million jobs are created each year, Premier Li Keqiang said. Photo: Xinhua

China needs 7.2pc economic growth, Premier Li Keqiang says

Official calculations showed the world's second-largest economy needed to grow 7.2 per cent a year to ensure 10 million jobs were created each year, the Workers' Daily quoted Li as saying. That would cap the urban unemployment rate at about 4 per cent, he said.