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.
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.Friday, 28 June, 2013, 5:04am
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
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
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
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.
Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday held the first meeting with members of the new "Global CEO Advisory Council" - consisting of 14 business leaders who include the heads of Time Warner, IBM and Dell.7 Jun 2013 - 3:42am 1 comment
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
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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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