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. 

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.

Sunday, 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

China and India put aside their differences

Chinese Premier Li (right) and India's PM Singh wave towards the media during Li's ceremonial reception in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

China and India sought to avoid letting their differences overshadow ties during Premier Li Keqiang's maiden diplomatic trip to New Delhi this week, analysts said, despite his hosts' lingering concerns about China's involvement in South Asian affairs.

23 May 2013 - 8:07am

Li Keqiang pledges stronger partnership with Pakistan

Premier Li Keqiang (centre, front) is welcomed by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso upon his arrival in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang vowed to strengthen his country’s partnership with Pakistan on Wednesday as he began an official visit less than a fortnight after the country’s general election.

22 May 2013 - 8:36pm

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Pakistani commuters ride past a welcome billboard showing portraits of visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso in Islamabad on May 21, 2013. Photo: AFP

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China premier sees huge benefits in strong economic ties with India

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AP

Li spoke a day after holding meetings with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during which the two leaders played down a recent border dispute and stressed the aim of forging deeper co-operation.

22 May 2013 - 5:35am

Li Keqiang allays India's containment fears, urges better co-operation

Premier Li Keqiang tells New Delhi that Beijing supports India playing a bigger role in the United Nations Security Council. Photo: AP

Wrapping up his maiden diplomatic trip to New Delhi, Li played down fears that China posed a threat to India, and said Beijing supported New Delhi playing a bigger role in the United Nations Security Council.

22 May 2013 - 4:30am

Talking points

Li Keqiang departs India for Pakistan

Li Keqiang continues his first international tour as premier, arriving in Islamabad for discussions with the new leaders of Beijing's traditional South Asian ally, Pakistan.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

India and China: a developing tale

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

Premier Li Keqiang's offered hand of friendship to India during his first overseas trip since taking office was as practical as it was diplomatic. Coming weeks after a military stand-off on the nations' disputed border, it was an obligatory gesture to a country long sceptical of China's intentions. Positive style and substance were on display in pledges and billion-dollar business and investment deals signed. But a single visit will not overcome the decades of mistrust. The benefits that a partnership would bring can only come about if both sides are willing to resolve their differences through compromise.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am