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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. 

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

Li Keqiang and wife Cheng Hong arrive in Ethiopia. Photo: CNS

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.

Monday, 5 May, 2014, 2:25pm 1 comment

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

Sun Zhengcai

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

Li Keqiang visits Wanzhou port. Photo: SCMP

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

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

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 3 comments

How did international banks miss Citic Pacific's US$36 billion takeover deal?

A small team of merger and acquisition specialists at Citic Securities, a subsidiary of Citic, in Beijing worked on the reverse takeover of Citic Pacific. Photo: Reuters

Jealous. This is the word many Western bankers in Hong Kong will use when they talk about the mega-sized reverse takeover deal of Citic, one of the most important state-owned industrial giants on the mainland.

1 Apr 2014 - 8:45am 5 comments

Shanghai 'revolution' may be uphill battle for Premier Li

Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang has a tough job. From the new war on air pollution to maintaining strong economic growth in a more realistic manner, nothing is easy for the country's No 2 leader after President Xi Jinping.

17 Mar 2014 - 8:59am 3 comments

Li Keqiang gives straight talk to NPC delegates

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the government work report during the opening meeting of the second session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

In the past 26 years, China has seen four premiers, each with markedly different styles. Li Peng was viewed as dull and stuttering, and Zhu Rongji as stern-faced but charismatic. Wen Jiabao liked to insert poems into his emotional speeches.

6 Mar 2014 - 4:21am

What Premier Li Keqiang DIDN'T say about Hong Kong: key 'autonomy' phrases missing from report

Xi Jinping (left) greets Leung Chun-ying in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang's maiden work report raised questions about Hong Kong's promised 'high degree of autonomy', as he left out key phrases normally spoken about the city's 'high degree of autonomy'.

6 Mar 2014 - 2:13pm 3 comments

It's war on smog! China pledges pollution battle 'for the nation's future'

Li (inset) told the national legislature that the country would fight pollution as part of the State Council's annual work. Photo: AP

The central government yesterday declared a "war on pollution" and pledged greater reforms to move the world's second-largest economy towards a more balanced growth model this year.

6 Mar 2014 - 2:33pm 27 comments

China to push ahead with fiscal reforms as it sets economic growth at 7.5pc

Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang today signaled that China will push ahead with key fiscal reforms that should eventually allow the country to cut its dependence on the fixed asset investment that currently drives economic growth.

5 Mar 2014 - 4:50pm 4 comments

Xi Jinping's security commission to also tackle financial industry

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Beijing will create a ministerial-level division dedicated to financial industry security within the new National Security Commission to be chaired by President Xi Jinping.

28 Jan 2014 - 8:57am 1 comment

Have free trade zones become a victim of power struggle in China?

Have free trade zones become a victim of power struggle in China?

One, two, three … keep going … 12. Now you have reached the magic number the central government has come up with for free-trade zones to support its new round of economic reforms.

27 Jan 2014 - 11:24am 1 comment

12 new free-trade zones to follow in Shanghai's footsteps

The 12 new free trade zones would include Guangdong, which has been lobbying the central government by highlighting its economic ties with Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

The central government has agreed in principle to approve 12 new free-trade zones (FTZs), three months after giving the special status to Shanghai.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:17pm 1 comment

Regulation delay puts foreign banks in a spot in Shanghai free-trade zone

More than 1,400 companies have registered to set up in Shanghai's free-trade zone but only 38 of them are from overseas. Photo: Reuters

Foreign banks lobbied to set up in the mainland's first free-trade zone in Shanghai are grappling with a dilemma - what can they really do in the ambitious zone?

15 Jan 2014 - 5:39am 1 comment

The deafening silence of Shanghai's free-trade zone

How free a free trade zone could be with a long negative list?

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What word do you think will best describe Shanghai's progress this year on its ambitious new free-trade zone? For Gordon Orr, that word is "quiet".

13 Jan 2014 - 8:45am 4 comments