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. 

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.

Sunday, 21 April, 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

Premier Li Keqiang warns North Korea: Halt 'provocations'

US Secretary of State John Kerry with President Xi. Photo: AFP

Premier Li Keqiang warned Pyongyang to stop being provocative as China and the US renewed their commitment to ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:16am 1 comment

China must keep opening up to boost reform

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

From the start, China's reform and opening up have been two halves of a whole. Yet, in recent years, signs of "closed-door reform" have emerged and in some cases have been put into practice. This is why Premier Li Keqiang's renewed call to push for reform by opening up is notable.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

China, Australia agree to hold annual prime ministerial meetings

Premier Li Keqiang welcomes Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. China has become Australia's largest trading partner. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard agreed to hold annual prime ministerial meetings, as Chinese money drives Australia's huge resource boom.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:47am

State Council prioritises stabilisation of economic growth

Vice-Premier Wang Yang, who will oversee agriculture. Photo: Xinhua

The central government has made stabilising and sustaining economic growth and basic price stability policy priorities this year, according to a statement issued yesterday after a cabinet meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Anti-corruption drive targets off-budget spending

Li Keqiang

Premier Li Keqiang told the State Council's first meeting on fighting corruption that curbs would be gradually introduced at all levels of government to curb off-budget spending.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:31am

Both parties can enjoy what is in the big gift box

Li Keqiang

Discourse may matter in the dynamic between Hong Kong and the mainland. At Premier Li Keqiang's maiden press conference on March 17, Phoenix Satellite Television host Tiger Hu Yihu likened the 36 measures to boost economic ties between Hong Kong and the mainland, announced by Li during his visit to the city in 2011, to a "big gift box".

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Vice-premiers' activities may shed light on division of labour in State Council

Li Keqiang. Photo: AFP

The division of labour between the State Council's four vice-premiers and five state councillors, appointed last week, has yet to be made public, but the activities of two of the vice-premiers this week may shed light on their responsibilities.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:36am

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.

3 Sep 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