20 Facts About Li Keqiang


Li Keqiang is a Chinese economist and retired politician who served as the premier of the People's Republic of China from 2013 to 2023.


Li Keqiang was the second-ranked member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party from 2012 to 2022.


Li Keqiang was succeeded as premier by Li Qiang in March 2023.


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


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


Li Keqiang received a Master of Economics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Peking University in 1995.


Li Keqiang entered the top leadership of the national organization of the Communist Youth League of China 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 CYLC, ever since.

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


Li Keqiang trekked through all regions of the province trying to search for a comprehensive solution to its growing problems.


Li Keqiang was succeeded in his provincial party secretary post by governor Zhang Wenyue.


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.


Li Keqiang has reiterated the importance of industrialization, urbanization and agricultural modernization in China in order to improve its competitiveness, food security, energy security, affordable housing, and healthcare.


On 15 March 2013, Li Keqiang was elected by the 12th National People's Congress as premier, succeeding Wen Jiabao.


Li Keqiang believes that many lower-level officials fail to provide services to the public in an effective manner.


Li Keqiang reiterated this point frequently during public appearances, adding that pens using domestically produced parts felt inferior to foreign ones.


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.


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


Li Keqiang began with the observation that China, having already developed its industrial and technological base, no longer needed the United States.


Li Keqiang has been described as representing the less ideological and more pragmatic and technocratic side of China's leadership.


Li Keqiang's father-in-law was once the deputy secretary of the Communist Youth League Central Committee.