Li Qiang, the Communist Party secretary for Shanghai, at the opening ceremony of the national congress in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: AP
Li Qiang, the Communist Party secretary for Shanghai, at the opening ceremony of the national congress in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: AP

How revised Chinese law makes Shanghai party chief a hot candidate for role of premier

  • Leading the race for China’s next premier is Shanghai party boss Li Qiang, but he has never served as vice-premier, as tradition demands
  • That hurdle may be overcome if Li is named as a vice-premier by the NPC Standing Committee, invested with the power to do so by a 2021 law revision

Li Qiang, the Communist Party secretary for Shanghai, at the opening ceremony of the national congress in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: AP
Li Qiang, the Communist Party secretary for Shanghai, at the opening ceremony of the national congress in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: AP
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