Li Qiang

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Li Qiang
Li in 2024
8th Premier of the People's Republic of China
Assumed office
11 March 2023
Vice PremierDing Xuexiang
He Lifeng
Zhang Guoqing
Liu Guozhong
LeaderXi Jinping
Preceded byLi Keqiang
Personal details
Born (1959-07-23) 23 July 1959 (age 64)
Rui'an, Zhejiang, China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materNingbo Branch of Zhejiang Agricultural University
China Sociology Correspondence University
Zhejiang University
Central Party School
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (EMBA)

Li Qiang (born 23 July 1959)[1][2][3][4] is a Chinese politician who is currently serving as the 8th Premier of the People's Republic of China. Known to be one of Xi Jinping's closest ally, he used to serve as chief of staff and a de facto personal aide under Xi. This is when Xi served as the top party leader in the province of Zhejiang from 2004 to 2007.[5]

In March 2023, he was appointed to premiership by the National People's Congress with 2,936 votes, three voting against his appointment, and eight abstaining.[6] As premier, he promised to improve the economy and to expand China's gross domestic product by 5%.[7]

References[change | change source]

  5. Yu, Verna (2022-10-24). "Who is Li Qiang, the man poised to become China's next premier?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  6. "Li Qiang: China appoints Xi Jinping ally as premier". BBC News. 2023-03-11. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  7. Zhai, Chun Han Wong and Keith. "China's Premier Seeks to Soothe Anxieties About Economy, Business Environment". WSJ. Retrieved 2023-03-17.