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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. 

Li Keqiang speech leak reflects sensitivity of growth slowdown

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Reuters

If there was ever any doubt that the mainland would achieve economic growth of 7.5 per cent this year, it should be gone by now.

Saturday, 27 July, 2013, 4:09am

Hot topics loom at Beidaihe summer summit as Chinese leaders meet to discuss reform

Illustration: Henry Wong

A year ago, Communist Party chiefs convened a secretive conclave in the seaside town of Beidaihe to finalise plans to hand over power to a new generation of leaders in the wake of the most serious crisis in years.

23 Jul 2013 - 12:24pm 1 comment

Free trade zone fits into Shanghai's financial ambition

Free trade zone fits into Shanghai's financial ambition

Championed by Premier Li Keqiang, plans to establish a free trade zone in Shanghai have now been approved by the State Council. Combining three areas in the Pudong district, it will allow the Chinese government to experiment with economic liberalisation and renminbi convertibility.

20 Jul 2013 - 3:17am 14 comments

Exclusive: Li Keqiang fought strong opposition for Shanghai free-trade zone plan

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Premier Li Keqiang fought open opposition from financial regulators in his bid to push through a landmark plan for a free-trade zone in Shanghai. It is the clearest sign yet that the nation's new leadership is determined to deliver long-delayed economic reforms.

6 Sep 2013 - 8:01am 7 comments

Premier Li Keqiang named head of three more powerful advisory bodies

Premier Li Keqiang will lead another three entities.

Li was named head of three entities: the Leading Group for Western Region Development of the State Council, the Leading Group for the Revitalisation of Old Industrial Bases in Northeast China of the State Council, and the Leading Group for the National Response to Climate Change and Energy Conservation, mainland media reported.

15 Jul 2013 - 5:12am

Shanghai game console plan draws mixed reviews

Boxes of fun with the games, minus Twitter and Facebook. Photo: EPA

To attract foreign investment, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday, Beijing will soon allow foreign firms such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to sell their game consoles - provided the products are made in Shanghai's new free-trade zone.

6 Sep 2013 - 8:03am

Now Li Keqiang wants to have his cake and eat it too

Now Li Keqiang wants to have his cake and eat it too

London mayor Boris Johnson once described Britain's Liberal Democrat politicians as being "like weird hermaphroditic parrotfish, changing sex at will. If they had a policy on cake, they would be pro-having it and pro-eating it".

12 Jul 2013 - 4:46am

Shanghai plan to lure foreign investors to free-trade zone

Shanghai plans to lure foreign investors to its new free-trade zone

The central government will unveil as early as this week a major package of new policies, covering industries from financial services to shipping and transport, as part of its plan to create a Hong Kong-like free-trade zone in Shanghai.

6 Sep 2013 - 8:04am 3 comments

New Shanghai free-trade zone to lead push in futures

Commodities warehouses may soon be set up in Pudong.

Beijing will soon announce a plan to allow foreign commodities exchanges to set up their own futures delivery warehouses in the mainland's first free-trade zone in Shanghai, directly challenging Singapore and South Korea's regional dominance in this business and helping Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing to expand into commodities trading.

6 Sep 2013 - 8:04am

China, Pakistan ink eight deals to boost trade, create 'economic corridor'

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif shares a joke with Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

Beijing and Islamabad set their sights yesterday on developing a transport link through rugged mountains and lawless lands, a route they hope will boost economic growth and bring critical oil supplies to energy hungry China much faster.

6 Jul 2013 - 3:42am

Wang Zhongwei picked to head Premier Li Keqiang's office

Wang Zhongwei. Photo: SCMP

State Council deputy secretary general Wang Zhongwei, a former Shanghai propaganda chief and later a senior propaganda official in the central government, has been picked to head Premier Li Keqiang's office, sources said.

29 Jun 2013 - 5:20am

Short sharp shock

Premier Li Keqiang said this week that Beijing will keep consistency and stability in its policies to stabilise market expectations. Photo: AFP

The jolt Premier Li Keqiang delivered to the mainland's financial system emulates a strategy crafted by predecessor Zhu Rongji in the 1990s, inflicting short-term pain in the anticipation of long-term gain.

28 Jun 2013 - 5:04am

'Liconomics' could mean a weaker yuan

'Liconomics' could mean a weaker yuan

With Premier Li Keqiang just over 100 days in the job, investors have concluded that he is serious about pressing ahead with financial reforms. That means economic pain in the short term, with growth set to slow as Li attempts to curb China's runaway credit creation.

28 Jun 2013 - 5:06am

Scalpel in hand, Chinese Premier Li stirs reform hopes

The People’s Bank of China has allowed interest rates to stay high to slow runaway credit growth and to punish banks for reckless practices. Photo: Reuters

Investors getting stung by China’s worst financial market rout in years should find solace in the fact that the government, in particular Premier Li Keqiang, is willing to play hardball to force through much-needed policy change.

26 Jun 2013 - 2:38pm

Li Keqiang well advised to keep foreign wise men at bay

Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

I remember when Tung Chee-hwa did this as Hong Kong's first chief executive not too long after taking office. It was his big idea for gathering big thoughts on Hong Kong. He wouldn't otherwise have had many, I gather.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment