Li Yuanchao

Born in 1950, Li holds a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Fudan University, a Master's degree in economics from Beijing University, and a doctorate in law from the Central Party School. He rose up the ranks in Jiangsu Province and served as provincial party chief between 2002 and 2007, and has headed the Communist Party's Central Organization Department since 2007. 

Vice-President's North Korea trip shows Pyongyang still key partner

Vice-President Li Yuanchao

Vice-President Li Yuanchao sets off for North Korea today to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean war in a visit that analysts say shows Beijing still regards Pyongyang as a close partner.

Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 4:32am

China VP Li Yuanchao urges visiting Hong Kong youth to support 'one country, two systems'

Li Yuanchao. Photo: Reuters

Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao on Tuesday called on a group of Hong Kong youth representatives visiting in Beijing to support the “one country, two systems” principle under which the city was reunified with China and to inherit the spirit of patriotism.

24 Jul 2013 - 6:04pm 1 comment

Li Yuanchao's trip a show of support for President Xi Jinping, say analysts

Vice-President Li Yuanchao's trip a show of loyalty. Photo: EPA

Vice-President Li Yuanchao wrapped up a low-profile trip to Guangdong at the weekend, a visit analysts described as a gesture of loyalty to President Xi Jinping.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

Vice-president adopts 'softer tone' on Diaoyu disputes with Japanese delegation

Li Yuanchao

Vice-President Li Yuanchao made his diplomatic debut in his new role in a meeting with Japanese business leaders in Beijing yesterday. Li was the highest-level official to attend the three-day Japan-China Economic Association meeting, which ends today.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:27am

Japanese corporate leaders visit Beijing in effort to mend ties

Toyota chairman Fujio Cho

A group of influential Japanese business leaders is due to meet Vice-President Li Yuanchao today in Beijing in an effort to improve soured relations between the two countries.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:46am

Vice-president Li Yuanchao draws subdued welcome

Li Yuanchao will play a key role in Hong Kong affairs. Photo: EPA

Yesterday's announcement that Li Yuanchao, a top ally of former president Hu Jintao , had been appointed vice-president was a much more low-key affair than when Xi Jinping, the new president, got the job five years ago.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:27am

Who said it?

Pope Francis

Before the bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me

Pope Francis


Li will at least have plenty of chances to meet foreign visitors in that prestigious, if powerless, position

Analyst Chen Ziming on new Vice-President Li Yuanchao


15 Mar 2013 - 3:31am

What Hong Kong can expect from Li Yuanchao, likely next Beijing link-man

A young Li Yuanchao

Three decades ago, Li Yuanchao seemed destined for a life in the classroom, not the intrigue-filled halls of Zhongnanhai.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am 2 comments

Who said it?

Lam Tai-Fai

A mean person and a gentleman view integrity differently, as do a crook and a philanthropist

Lawmaker Lam Tai-fai on questions over Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's integrity


I've been able to use this height to my advantage. Plus, the air is fresher up here

29 Nov 2012 - 2:49am

Fixing Hong Kong's ailing relationship with Beijing under the new guard

Li Yuanchao is likely to take over Xi Jinping's post in overseeing Hong Kong and Macau affairs. Photo: Reuters

With the new leadership in Beijing confirmed, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will next month pay his first visit to the capital since taking office. But who will he meet there? The incumbent state leaders, such as President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, or the new party chief and future president Xi Jinping and incoming premier Li Keqiang? Or will he meet the leaders of both generations?

26 Nov 2012 - 8:38am

China’s backroom power brokers block reform candidates

Jiang Zemin. Photo: AFP

Retired leaders in China’s Communist Party used a last-minute straw poll to block two pro-reform candidates from joining the policymaking standing committee, including one who had alienated party elders, sources with ties to the leadership said.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:24am 2 comments

Li Yuanchao tipped to oversee Hong Kong and Macau affairs

Li Yuanchao, a close ally of Hu

Li Yuanchao , a trusted ally of Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao, is tipped to become vice-president next year and oversee Hong Kong and Macau affairs.

10 Nov 2012 - 7:48am

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Li Yuanchao

Head of Organization Department, Communisty Party Central Committee 

25 Oct 2012 - 4:10pm

Wang Qishan, Li Yuanchao get high approval ratings in party poll: Insider

Wang Qishan (left) and Li Yuanchao did well in the polls. Photos: AFP, Xinhua

New details about an earlier internal party poll appear to support widely held expectations that Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and party personnel chief Li Yuanchao will be selected for top leadership posts at the upcoming party congress.

2 Oct 2012 - 11:27am