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. 

Xi Jinping urged members to speak truthfully. Photo: Xinhua

Briefs, February 8, 2013

The high-profile Beihai "four lawyers" perjury case came to an end on Wednesday as prosecutors dropped the charge against the last defendant, Guangxi lawyer Yang Zaixin, Caixin magazine reported.