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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. 

Shanghai free-trade zone plan offers new challenges to Hong Kong

Hong Kong's challenge is not China's economic rise, Shanghai's free-trade zone, or even the mainland's impending financial reforms. These are all new opportunities.

Monday, 29 July, 2013, 4:28am 2 comments

Li Keqiang speech leak reflects sensitivity of growth slowdown

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.

27 Jul 2013 - 4:09am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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