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.
Jiangsu party chief appointed head of powerful departmentSaturday, 27 October, 2007, 12:00am
For up-and-coming leaders, a Communist Youth League background is surely the biggest political asset, followed by a princeling pedigree, youth and a good education and track record.
Rising political star Li Yuanchao , the 57-year-old party boss of affluent Jiangsu province , meets all criteria.23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
The Cultural Revolution happened because China lacked democracy, Jiangsu party secretary Li Yuanchao said yesterday.18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
Hu ally dismisses promotion rumour16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am
The favourite subject of Li Yuanchao at the NPC conference was not so much the riches of Jiangsu province but rather the need to share wealth.
But is Mr Li, Jiangsu party secretary, just an opportunist who mimics what leaders in Beijing have said about building a 'harmonious society'?13 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
From mathematics teacher to Jiangsu province party boss, Li Yuanchao says working out solutions remains his daily challenge.
Graduating from Shanghai Normal University in 1972, Mr Li, then 22, taught at an evening school to help the many who had been denied the chance to study during the Cultural Revolution.28 Mar 2003 - 12:00am