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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. 

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

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.

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014, 8:45am 5 comments

Shanghai 'revolution' may be uphill battle for Premier Li

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

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

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'

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

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

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?

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 2 comments

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

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

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