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.
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.Saturday, 12 October, 2013, 3:23am
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
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
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
Beijing's move to eliminate bureaucratic approval processes to encourage foreign banks to open branches in the Shanghai free-trade zone has met with a lukewarm response.9 Oct 2013 - 11:28am 4 comments
Beijing is likely to take further advantage of the absence of US President Barack Obama from major Asian regional summits to bolster its influence in the region when Premier Li Keqiang attends the East Asia Summit in Brunei today.9 Oct 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment
Qianhai first, Hong Kong next? While Hong Kong officials have been concerned about the impact of Shanghai's free-trade zone, it seems it is already stealing business from Qianhai.1 Oct 2013 - 10:58am
Yesterday, the Shanghai free-trade zone was officially launched. To the disappointment of some, the highest-ranking official from Beijing at the ceremony in the new zone was Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.30 Sep 2013 - 9:42am 5 comments
Hong Kong dealmaker par excellence Li Ka-shing, fondly known to locals as Superman, says Shanghai's free-trade zone could be Kryptonite to the city in which he built his fortune.19 Sep 2013 - 8:07am 2 comments
Investors banking on a big-bang building programme as part of Premier Li Keqiang's centrepiece urbanisation programme may be in for a major disappointment.13 Sep 2013 - 3:00am
Premier Li Keqiang says Beijing's economic restructuring drive has entered a critical stage, with an overhaul of the financial sector one of the most important and most complicated tasks to be tackled.12 Sep 2013 - 3:26am
The central government may eventually expand its proposed Hong Kong-like free-trade zone in Shanghai to cover the entire Pudong district, government sources say.5 Sep 2013 - 11:18am 2 comments
Government sources familiar with the plan told the South China Morning Post that it will launch on September 27, when senior central government officials will fly to the city to attend a ceremony planned to mark the occasion.6 Sep 2013 - 7:58am
China Development Bank (CDB) has agreed to fund massive infrastructure borrowing by three mainland provincial governments in the latest sign of an effort by Beijing to prop up growth with targeted bursts of lending.15 Aug 2013 - 9:05am
Government and banking industry sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post that Agricultural Bank of China (Agbank), one of the big four state lenders, signed an agreement with the city government last week to provide loan credit worth 250 billion yuan (HK$314 billion) - equivalent to about 12.5 per cent of Shanghai's GDP for last year.12 Aug 2013 - 7:23am 2 comments