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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. 

State leaves little to chance as media follows prepared script

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

I have no doubt that there will be a pre-election by Beijing loyalists for the next chief executive. The evidence lies in the press conferences of newly appointed Premier Li Keqiang and listed oil giant PetroChina.

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013, 1:01pm 2 comments

Implement reforms with sincerity, Li Keqiang tells cabinet

Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang urged his cabinet members to strictly observe new guidelines on the overhaul of government operations, as he chaired his first full cabinet meeting to formally kick-start the new administration.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Sino-US talks vital for tackling range of global problems

Jacob 'Jack' Lew, U.S. treasury secretary. Photo: Bloomberg

China's relations with other countries all but ground to a halt for six months during the transition to a new leadership. With Xi Jinping affirmed as president and his governing team under Premier Li Keqiang in place, it is once again business as usual for foreign policy. 

21 Mar 2013 - 2:50am 1 comment

China's dream of transformation

China's dream of transformation

A new fashion is gaining ground in Beijing: interpreting a dream. The trendsetter is not a Chinese Freud, but the nation's new top leader Xi Jinping, who first elaborated on the "China dream" after visiting a history museum in Beijing in November. Now, the dream has intoxicated the Chinese media as well as the two red-carpet shows of politics in Beijing.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:25am 3 comments

Infographic: Who's who in China's new cabinet

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Premier Li Keqiang's team is expected to focus on narrowing the income gap, shifting a heavily investment-reliant economy to a more consumption-based one, as well as taming property prices.

12 Sep 2013 - 5:03am

Xi Jinping outlines his vision of 'dream and renaissance'

President Xi Jinping, in his first address as head of state, said China had to follow its own path while putting its faith in the Communist Party's leadership. Photo: Xinhua

In his maiden speech as head of state, Xi Jinping invoked his favourite concept of the "China dream" and laid out a vision of a stronger nation with a higher standard of living for its 1.3 billion people. during his administration.

18 Mar 2013 - 7:51am 10 comments

Premier Li: strong, or just moderate?

Li Keqiang. Photo: Simon Song

The premier's news conference on the closing day of "the two meetings" is an important date on the calendar, not only for journalists but also ordinary mainlanders.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Li Keqiang stresses market reforms at first press conference as premier

Journalists from around the world covered Li Keqiang's first news conference as premier. Photo: Xinhua

China still has "a lot to gain" from deepening market-oriented reforms, newly elected premier Li Keqiang said yesterday in his first news conference as helmsman of the world's second-largest economy.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

After words, time for action

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

China's leadership has a new face and a changed style. The once-a-decade transition of power finally complete, President Xi Jinping yesterday articulated his vision and Premier Li Keqiang mapped out plans. Innovative policies have been promised and pledges made for a cleaner, more responsive, government. Pragmatism abounds; that is the only way it can be for the world's most populous country and the second-largest economy, where challenges at home and abroad are many.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

Premier recalls major turning point for nation

The zhiqing (educated youth) who were sent down to do farm work with local peasants study Chairman Mao's red book with a local farmer in the field.

While new premier Li Keqiang gave little away about his personal feelings in his speech yesterday, he spared a moment to recall one day in one of the poorest counties in China during the Cultural Revolution as one of his most memorable experiences.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Mixed reviews as Li Keqiang takes centre stage as China's new premier

Li Keqiang addresses his first news conference as premier yesterday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

In his first press conference as premier yesterday, Li Keqiang showed a style that starkly contrasted his predecessor, Wen Jiabao, with almost no references to poetry or any sentimental remarks.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Li Keqiang warns of urbanisation risks in first speech as premier

Urbanisation could case new poverty, said Li. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang has warned of the hidden risks of an "unprecedented" urbanisation push in the world's most populous nation, saying the relocation of millions of rural residents to cities would take a long time.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Li Keqiang's tough talk on graft is 'short on substance'

Political scientist Zhang Ming

Officials should "abandon any expectation of getting rich" new Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday, and to show he was serious about combatting graft, promised to cut the expense accounts of bureaucrats.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Li Keqiang urges US and China to end cyber claims against each other

Shanghai office where Chinese hackers allegedly attacked US.

Premier Li Keqiang called on both China and the United States to avoid making "groundless accusations" against each other concerning cyber security as he vowed to work with US President Barack Obama to build a "new type of relationship" between the two nations.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:28am

Live updates: Li Keqiang's first news conference

China's new Premier Li Keqiang answer's questions during the annual news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Sunday. Photo: Simon Song

Li Keqiang pledged to reduce the number of bureaucrats and practise frugality in government affairs as he gave his first press conference as Chinese premier on Sunday morning.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:55pm 4 comments