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 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.Friday, 6 September, 2013, 8:04am
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
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
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
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