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. 

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.

Monday, 27 January, 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

Li urges young entrepreneurs to make an impact

Beijing wants pilot carbon exchanges be set up in seven municipalities and provinces. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang urged young mainland entrepreneurs to innovate and make a global impact as he toured Tianjin yesterday, a day after the city became the nation's latest region to use market forces to curb air pollution through the trading of carbon dioxide emission rights.

28 Dec 2013 - 4:34am

Cultural compromise can help EU forge a new relationship with China

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and China's Premier Li Keqiang shake hands at a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: EPA

The recent EU-China summit - the first between the European Union and the new Chinese leadership - indicates the beginning of a new, ambitious relationship. Although it has been labelled a "strategic partnership" for a decade, relations have always been on a more ad hoc basis, dealing with specific issues, mostly related to the economy and human rights.

3 Dec 2013 - 5:29am 1 comment

China, European Union move to mend rocky trade ties at summit

Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets Jose Manuel Barroso as European Council president Herman Van Rompuy looks on. Photo: AP

China and the EU yesterday began negotiations on an investment agreement aiming at reducing economic tensions, an "ambitious" move that European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said could help boost jobs and growth for the two economies.

22 Nov 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

A year on, China's Xi and Li prove themselves as doers

Soon, Xi Jinping and the rest of the Politburo Standing Committee will have occupied China's top leadership positions for one year. This anniversary marks an opportune time to appraise the performances of Xi and Premier Li Keqiang.

8 Nov 2013 - 4:11am 2 comments

China needs 7.2pc economic growth, Premier Li Keqiang says

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

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.

6 Nov 2013 - 1:54am

Li at crossroads in the fight for economic changes

Premier Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang may want to be seen as a dedicated economic reformer, but political squabbling among his subordinates and lingering resistance to pro-market policies limit the likelihood he can deliver real change, government insiders say.

28 Oct 2013 - 7:56am 1 comment

Li Keqiang engages the public in unscripted exchanges

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

Perhaps taking a cue from a Western politician's playbook, Premier Li Keqiang has shown a fondness for unscripted exchanges with the public during his visit to Vietnam.

16 Oct 2013 - 6:00pm 4 comments

Xi Jinping's and Li Keqiang's Asean visits to boost regional economies

President Xi Jinping is surrounded by Asean leaders at the Apec forum in Bali. His visit is a boost to economic ties with the region. Photo: AFP

Recent trips to Southeast Asia by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will have a substantial economic impact on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Australia and New Zealand, analysts say.

12 Oct 2013 - 3:23am

Li pressures Aquino to resolve the bus hostage row

Philippine President Benigno Aquino (left) and Premier Li Keqiang are said to have moved the dispute to a new level. Photos: Xinhua, EPA

Premier Li Keqiang has urged Philippine President Benigno Aquino to resolve the row over the Manila bus hostage crisis as soon as possible, taking the impasse to a new diplomatic level.

Families of the victims and political analysts described it as a "breakthrough" and believed it would put pressure on the Philippines.

11 Oct 2013 - 10:14am 24 comments

Li Keqiang pushes for Asian free trade pact inside two years

China's Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang has reaffirmed Beijing's desire to complete negotiations on a sweeping regional free trade pact within the next two years.

In separate speeches to two regional summits in Brunei yesterday, Li urged Asian nations to stick to their plan and complete talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by the end of 2015.

11 Oct 2013 - 10:06am 4 comments

Put economic development before South China Sea, Li Keqiang urges Asean

Li Keqiang (left) cuts a cake with Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Myanmar’s Thein Sein looks on. Photo: AP

Premier Li Keqiang said boosting ties in Southeast Asia was at the top of Beijing's diplomatic agenda as he called on nations in the region to avoid letting territorial disputes sour relations with China.

10 Oct 2013 - 6:08pm