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. 

Li Keqiang granted meeting with Queen Elizabeth during British visit

David Cameron and Li Keqiang in Beijing in 2013. Photo: EPA

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.

Saturday, 14 June, 2014, 4:41am 16 comments

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

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed displeasure at the way local officials execute directives from the top and their inaction over the reform agenda. Photo: Xinhua

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

Premier Li Keqiang on a safari drive with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: Reuters

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

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

Premier Li Keqiang in Addis Ababa. Photo: Xinhua

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

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.

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