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.
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.Tuesday, 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
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
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