15 Facts About Li Keqiang

1. Li Keqiang earned a Doctor of Philosophy in economics in 1995, and the prominent economist Li Yining (no relation) was his doctoral advisor.

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2. Li Keqiang visited Switzerland and Germany on his first Europe trip, and met with the two countries' leaders.

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3. Li Keqiang said the choice of India as the first international visit highlights Chinese importance in its relations with the country.

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4. Li Keqiang made his first foreign visit to India on 18 May 2013 in a bid to resolve border disputes and to stimulate economic relations.

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5. Li Keqiang was elected for a five-year term, but was expected to serve two terms like his predecessor Wen.

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6. On 15 March 2013, Li Keqiang was, as expected, elected by the 12th National People's Congress as Premier.

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7. Li Keqiang became the head of central commissions overseeing the Three Gorges Dam and the South-North Water Transfer Project, as well as the leader of steering committees in charge of health care reform, food safety, and AIDS-related work.

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8. Li Keqiang was succeeded in his provincial party chief post by Governor Zhang Wenyue.

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9. Li Keqiang is a representative member of the first generation to have risen from the CYL leadership.

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10. Li Keqiang entered the top leadership of the national organization of the Communist Youth League in 1983 as a member of its secretariat, and has worked closely with former Party General Secretary Hu Jintao, who rose through the ranks of the CYL, ever since.

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11. Li Keqiang earned a PhD in economics in 1995, and the prominent economist Li Yining was his doctoral advisor.

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12. Li Keqiang was awarded the honour of Outstanding Individual in the Study of Mao Zedong Thought during this time.

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13. Li Keqiang was born on 1 July 1955 in Hefei, Anhui province.

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14. Li Keqiang is the second-ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, the de facto top decision-making body of the country.

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15. Li Keqiang is a Chinese politician who is the current Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

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