What must Vice-Premier Li Keqiang be thinking? He came with a smile, bearing gifts. His mission: to charm and conquer. Our hearts and minds, that is. But he went home with a sour face, a baffled man who left behind a choppy wake. We're still rocking in it.
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.