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. 

Li Keqiang to pay tribute to heroic Indian doctor who treated Chinese troops

Manorama Kotnis, last surviving sibling of Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis. Photo: AFP

China’s premier will pay his respects on Tuesday to the family of an Indian doctor who died treating Chinese troops more than 70 years ago, becoming a rare symbol of friendship between the two nations.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Who said it?

Premier Li Keqiang

World peace and regional stability cannot be a reality without strategic mutual trust between India and China

Premier Li Keqiang, in New Delhi


I'm not the type to get too emotional, but it is emotional

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher on his last game before retirement


21 May 2013 - 4:16am

China news round-up: Li Keqiang visits India, gay activist arrested in Hunan

Members of Shiv Sena, a Hindu right-wing political party, prepare to burn an effigy of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as they demonstrate near India's Parliament, in New Delhi, May 19, 2013. Photo: AP

Premier Li Keqiang's visit to IndiaThe Times of India India may not endorse "one China" in the joint statement that will be issued after Li's visit.The Hindu

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dawn of 'Lionomics' promises new era of prosperity for China

Dawn of 'Lionomics' promises new era of prosperity for China

China is formulating a new set of economic policies designed to support an economy that is growing at an astounding 7.7 per cent per annum, with inflation in single digits and acceptable unemployment. These new policy options will become known as "Lionomics" - the economics of Premier Li Keqiang .

20 May 2013 - 1:52am

Li Keqiang on New Delhi visit vows to build trust with India

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) meets Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Monday to build trust with India and declared that ties between the Asian giants were key to world peace as he visited New Delhi only weeks after a border spat.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Sino-India border row 'on table' for Li Keqiang visit

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

At the same time New Delhi thinks "very highly" of Li's decision to make India his first overseas stop since taking charge as premier, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said yesterday.

19 May 2013 - 7:50am 1 comment

Talking points

Timothy Tong Hin-ming

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18 May 2013 - 4:10am

Focus of Li Keqiang's maiden trip as premier will be wooing India from US

Li Keqiang shakes hands with Indian Youth Affairs Secretary Nita Chowdhury after a meeting in Beijing this week. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang aims to boost China's geopolitical importance in South Asia during his maiden diplomatic trip, starting tomorrow, amid concerns over Beijing's growing assertiveness in border disputes, analysts said.

18 May 2013 - 5:06am

Greek PM Antonis Samaras meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in investment push

Li Keqiang, left, inspecting a guard of honour with Antonis Samaras in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: AP

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday, before the two leaders witnessed the signing of agreements in fields including shipping and telecommunications.

Samaras is in China seeking investment and trade deals to help revive his country's recession-battered economy.

17 May 2013 - 4:48am

On the road to currency reform

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China would unveil an operational plan this year to make the currency fully convertible under the capital account for a free two-way flow of funds.

Ever since China's new top leaders were named in November, investors at home and abroad have been watching for pointers to financial reform as China integrates further with the world economy.

14 May 2013 - 2:57am

Netanyahu meets Li Keqiang in Beijing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) walks with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Wednesday, where the two witnessed the signing of a series of trade and cultural deals.

Netanyahu’s arrival on a five-day trip to China overlapped with a journey by Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, but the two Middle Eastern visitors did not meet each other.

8 May 2013 - 7:14pm

Media reports of premier's visit to Sichuan quake zone show propaganda grip

Premier Li Keqiang visits a disease control unit at the centre of efforts to curb the spread of the H7N9 virus (left). Photo: Xinhua

The People's Daily published a lengthy feature online yesterday detailing how Premier Li Keqiang took command of rescue operations for the Sichuan earthquake , over the past 10 days, and analysts said it appeared to be part of a well-planned propaganda push to cast the nation's new leadership in a positive light.

2 May 2013 - 4:24am 2 comments

Hubei backwater struggles to meet Li Keqiang's order to grow

Gong Yanqiang, 73, and his wife Wang Dazhi, 61, at home in Longma. Like many older residents, they see little point moving into town and worry what they would do without their farmland. Photos: Simon Song

The new cement road leading from Longfeng, a remote township in the mountains of southwestern Hubei , to the villages of Longma and Qingbao has never been so busy.

1 May 2013 - 5:05am

Reduce H7N9 human fatalities, Premier Li Keqiang tells health officials

Premier Li Keqiang talks to disease control experts. Ten more people have contracted H7N9 since Friday.

Premier Li Keqiang urged health officials to reduce the fatality rate of the H7N9 bird flu and release information to the public in a timely manner as the deadly strain spreads in southern China.

29 Apr 2013 - 10:22am 7 comments

Who said it?

Premier Li Keqiang

The No 1 goal [in tackling the H7N9 bird flu outbreak] is to reduce the fatality rate

Premier Li Keqiang


Any watchdog should be neutral. Its image of neutrality is important especially in today's political environment

Jat Sew-tong SC, Independent Police Complaints Council


29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am