China’s New Premier Li Qiang : Education, Family, Politics

Li Is 8th Prime Minister of The People's Republic of China

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Li Qiang (63) is the new prime minister of China, succeeding outgoing premier Li Keqiang. He is 8th Premier of the People’s Republic of China. As the premier, he will hold the position for the next five years.

China’s National People’s Congress confirmed his position as the country’s new Prime Minister on March 11, 2023. His election was confirmed during mainly rubber-stamp legislature’s annual two sessions held from March 5 to 13.

With the new status, Li is now the top official in charge of economic and social development in the world’s second largest economy. Li is also officially the country’s second-in-command behind President Xi Jinping.

Earlier, Xi (69) also secured his norm-breaking third terms as the country’s president during the famous two sessions held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

According to South China Morning Post, Li has held top roles in eastern coastal hubs, including Shanghai, with decades of experience in development and regional economic management. But political analysts say, Li’s elevation to the premier position happened because of his being a close confidant of President Xi Jinping.

Li Qiang’s Education :

Li Qiang’s academic life is very enriched. He studied agricultural mechanization at the Ningbo Branch of Zhejiang Agricultural University (now Zhejiang Wanli College) from 1978 to 1982 after the resumption of Gaokao. He studied sociology by correspondence at the private China Sociology Correspondence University in Beijing from 1985 to 1987.

Li attended Zhejiang University for on-the-job graduate studies in management engineering from 1995 to 1997 and the Central Party School for on-the-job graduate studies in world economics from 2001 to 2004. He attended Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2003 to 2005 and received an executive Master of Business Administration in 2005.

Li Qiang’s Family :

Currently there is no information available on personal life of Li Qiang. May be he has not married yet.


Li Qiang’s Political Life (Who is Li Qiang?) :

According to Wikipedia, Li Qiang was born on July 23, 1959 in Rui’an, Zhejiang province. He has served as the second-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Standing Committee since October 2022.

He previously served as party secretary of Shanghai City from 2017 to 2022, party secretary of Jiangsu Province from 2016 to 2017, and governor of Zhejiang Province from 2012 to 2016.

Having joined the CPC (Communist Party of China) in 1983, he first became secretary of the Communist Youth League of Rui’an, Zhejiang. Later serving in provincial department of civil affairs, he later became the party secretary of Yong Kang, Wenzhou, the Political Legal Affairs Secretary of Zhejiang and later the deputy party secretary of the province. He became the governor of Zhejiang in 2012, later the party secretary of Jiangsu province, and finally the party secretary of Shanghai in 2017. In the same year he was elevated to become a member of the CCP Politburo.

Having served together with current CCP general secretary Xi Jinping in Zhejiang, Li is seen as a close ally of Xi. Despite his closeness to Xi, Li is also generally regarded as pro-business.

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Li Qiang Introduction In Brief :

Born : on July 23, 1959 in Rui’an, Zhejiang province.

Age : 63

Family Name : Li

No. of Premier : 8th Premier of China.

Joined CPC : In 1983.

What is the National People’s Congress in China?

Officially, the NPC is China’s national legislature and the “highest organ of State power” with the ability to amend the constitution. In reality, it is more of a rubber stamp, meeting once a year to approve policy that has already been decided by senior officials within the ruling Communist Party.

The full NPC typically has about 3,000 delegates who are chosen by China’s administrative units, autonomous regions and the armed forces. They hold office for five years.

In the 14th NPC (which held this year), 790 (26.5 percent) of the 2,977 delegates are women and 442 (14.8 percent) are from ethnic minority groups.

The NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) also sits for five years and has about 170 members. It has the authority to appoint or remove top officials of central governmental bodies, ratify treaties, interpret national laws, grant special amnesties and confer state honors. The NPCSC continues its work outside the annual NPC sessions.

How many ministers are there in China?

Besides the Premier, the State Council has a variable number of Vice Premiers, five State Councilors (protocol equal of vice premiers but with narrower portfolios), the Secretary-General, and 26 ministers and other cabinet-level department heads.

Who is the Chinese general secretary?

The incumbent general secretary is President Xi Jinping, who took office on 15 November 2012 and was re-elected twice on 25 October 2017 and 23 October 2022 respectively.

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