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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. 

Beijing sets up advisory body with multinationals

Premier Li Keqiang

Beijing has for the first time established an advisory council of multinational heavyweights to help the leadership keep a finger on the pulse of major corporations in vital industries.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 3:42am 1 comment

Judge agrees rally zone was remote

A High Court judge yesterday criticised a protest zone set up by police as "really far away" from the demonstrators' target - then vice-premier Li Keqiang.

Mr Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai spoke out during an appeal by one of the protesters who was convicted of resisting arrest as she tried to break through the police barricade during Li's visit in August 2011.

1 Jun 2013 - 3:38am

What does Chinese premier Li Keqiang think of urbanisation, really?

Chinese premier Li Keqiang

The scale of China’s urbanisation is unprecedented in human history, as Premier Li Keqiang said in his first press conference after taking office. The initiative is not only crucial to the development of China, but also has implications for the rest of the world. Therefore, it is only natural for people to pay close attention to its details and progress.

28 May 2013 - 10:02pm

Germany rejects EU tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels in bid to avert trade war

Li Keqiang and Angela Merkel address a news conference after talks in Berlin yesterday in which trade issues dominated. Photo: Reuters

Germany told the European Commission yesterday that it rejected a proposal to slap tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports. Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel had pledged earlier during a visit by Premier Li Keqiang to take steps to avoid a brewing trade war between China and the European Union.

28 May 2013 - 8:47am

Premier Li Keqiang takes to the world's stage with ease

Premier Li Keqiang arrives in New Delhi. At an official dinner there he surprised his hosts by ordering a vegetarian meal. Photo: EPA

On his maiden, eight-day diplomatic trip as premier, Li Keqiang not only engaged in serious bilateral talks but also attempted to show his personable side to boost the image of the Chinese leadership.

Li expressed his appreciation of foreign culture and appeared self-confident when touching on sensitive issues.

28 May 2013 - 7:47am

Premier Li Keqiang, in Potsdam, warns Japan on postwar vows

Li Keqiang made his remarks during a visit to Cecilienhof Castle in Potsdam yesterday. Photo: AP

Premier Li Keqiang made use of his visit to Germany to send a warning to Japan that no country would be allowed to violate the peace achieved after the second world war.

27 May 2013 - 8:48am 2 comments

How they see it

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India was an opportunity for both sides to calm troubled waters and this is evidently what they have tried to do. The decision to "encourage" the two countries' special representatives on the boundary question "to push forward the process of negotiations" towards a mutually acceptable settlement will hopefully breathe political life into a process that is at a virtual standstill.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

A Good Week for ... , May 26, 2013

Li Keqiang

Li Keqiang's first overseas visit to India has been declared a success, not just for the diplomatic progress it achieved, but also for the personal impression he made.

26 May 2013 - 4:35am

Premier Li Keqiang warns EU against telecoms sanctions

Premier Li Keqiang enjoys a trip to a Bern museum; behind him is a photo of Albert Einstein's colleague Maurice Solovine. Photo: EPA

Premier Li Keqiang criticised the European Union over its plans to investigate alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Chinese makers of mobile telecommunications equipment and to impose punitive import duties on solar panels from China, state media reported.

26 May 2013 - 6:50am

China seals free-trade pact with Switzerland

Li Keqiang comments to Swiss minister Johann Schneider-Ammann as yodellers perform. Photo: EPA

Premier Li Keqiang was to announce yesterday the conclusion of negotiations with Switzerland on a free-trade deal seen as a touchstone for China's growing global ties.

25 May 2013 - 5:30am 3 comments

Talking points

Li calls on Merkel in Berlin

Li calls on Merkel in Berlin

Premier Li Keqiang continues his first international tour, arriving in Berlin today. He is scheduled to hold talks with German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel tomorrow. Li and Merkel are also expected to launch "the year of languages" between the two countries, the aim of which is to promote the study of each other's languages among their citizens.

25 May 2013 - 5:27am

Li Keqiang starts Swiss visit as free trade deal looms

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L, front) is welcomed by Swiss Vice President and Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, upon his arrival in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Xinhua.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Switzerland on Thursday for talks set to focus on a landmark free trade deal with the Alpine country, which he has dubbed a touchstone for Beijing’s growing ties with foreign nations.

Li, who is on the first stop of his debut visit to Europe since taking over in a once-in-a-decade power transfer in Beijing, flew in to Zurich late on Thursday.

24 May 2013 - 9:19pm

Li Keqiang urges development of ‘China-Pakistan economic corridor’

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (centre) and interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised the Sino-Pakistan relationship on Thursday, urging the “all-weather friends” to build a long-vaunted economic corridor.

23 May 2013 - 6:39pm

Li Keqiang pays tribute to wartime Indian volunteer medic Dr Kotnis

Li (right) meets Kotnis' younger sister Manorama. Photo: Xinhua

China's premier paid tribute to an Indian doctor who died treating Chinese troops more than 70 years ago, becoming a rare symbol of friendship between the two nations.

Li Keqiang , like Chinese leaders before him, took time out of his hectic visit to India to meet relatives of Dwarkanath Kotnis, who provided medical aid for four years during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937-1945.

23 May 2013 - 5:01am

Premier Li Keqiang offers to help end Pakistan's energy crisis

Premier Li Keqiang inspects a Pakistani guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at Nur Khan air base in Rawalpindi. Photo: AFP

China and Pakistan should make co-operation on power generation a priority, Premier Li Keqiang said, as Islamabad seeks to end an energy crisis that causes power cuts of up to 20 hours a day and brings the economy to a near standstill.

Li arrived in Islamabad yesterday on the second leg of his first official trip since taking office in March, after a visit to India.

23 May 2013 - 5:58pm