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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. 

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.

Friday, 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

Li Keqiang tells France's Hollande China wants more balanced trade

French President Francois Hollande met Premier Li Keqiang on the final day of his visit in Beijing on Friday. Photo: AFP

French President Francois Hollande wrapped up a two-day visit to China on Friday, confident that France could achieve more balanced trade with the world’s second largest economy.

Hollande became the first Western leader to meet China’s new president Xi Jinping and picked up a deal potentially worth billions for 60 new Airbus aircraft.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Watch imprint on quake official's wrist goes viral on internet

Watchless Fan with Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: SCMP

Searches for the name Fan Jiyue, the party chief of Lushan county, under Yaan city in Sichuan , were blocked on the mainland's two most popular microblogging platforms - Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo - after eagle-eyed internet users pointed out the mark on his left wrist, leading to suspicions that it was made by a luxury watch.

24 Apr 2013 - 9:44am

Focus now must be on Sichuan survivors

Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Lushan County of Yaan to direct rescue work. Photo: Xinhua

Death, destruction, desperation and misery: once more there has been an earthquake in Sichuan province and again there are those harrowing images of how powerful, yet heartless, nature can be.

23 Apr 2013 - 5:24am

Environmental experts say China's new leadership has to tackle pollution

Smog is an all too familiar sight in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Lingering smog, dead pigs floating down waterways and rivers turned red and white - the mainland's new leadership was ushered in a month ago amid dreadful scenes in stark contrast to the "blue sky and clear water" pledged in their vision of a beautiful China.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am

Premier Li visits quake-hit areas

Premier Li Keqiang (centre) conducts a meeting in Longmen, keeping his poise amid the aftershocks from the quake. Photo: Simon Song

Premier Li Keqiang ordered rescuers, the military and local-government officials to work together and make the most of the critical first 24 hours following such a disaster to save lives.

21 Apr 2013 - 5:45am

China news round-up: Premier calls for bigger social safety net, Huawei expands in Europe

Li Keqiang speaks at an economics seminar in Beijing, April 12, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

PoliticsSouthern Metropolis Daily* Li Keqiang calls for an expansion of the social safety net.Radio Free AsiaConcerns over dam projects in Tibet.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Premier pledges continued steady investment growth

Roads are high on Beijing's list of priorities, despite concerns over their profitability. Photo: May Tse

The mainland will continue to increase investment at a "reasonable" pace, Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying yesterday, while promising to control risks arising from the pile of local government debt.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:33am

Slowdown in China's economic growth to 7.7pc a test for Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

China's economy grew at a lower-than-expected pace in the first quarter, the first big test of Premier Li Keqiang's determination to tackle long-term issues ranging from urbanisation to reform of the financial system.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:39am