Li Keqiang vs Xi Jinping

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Premier, China
General Secretary, Communist Party, China
Net worth 2018
Other
Industry
Other
Residence
Beijing, China
China
Country
China
01/07/1955
BirthDay
15/06/1953
Children
1
Doctorate, Peking University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Peking University
Education
Bachelor of Arts / Science, Tsinghua University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Tsinghua University
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2016

November 2016, Li meets the Russian president Vladimir Putin

2015

July 2015, Li meets the French prime minister Manuel Valls

2014

February 2014, Li meets the United States Secretary of State John Kerry

2013

Following the Third Plenum of 2013, Xi amassed a series of leadership roles on four new powerful supra-ministerial bodies overseeing "comprehensively deepening reforms", the internet, military reform, and also the National Security Commission

2012

At the 18th Party Congress held in the fall of 2012, Li was elevated to the number two spot on the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) and thereby became one of the top leaders of China

2011

In August 2011, Li went on an official visit to Hong Kong, including a trip to the University of Hong Kong

2010

"In February 2010, Li gave a speech to ministerial and provincial-level leaders about the importance of changing the economic structure of the country in order to be better poised for future growth

2008

At the 2008 National People's Congress, Li was elected Vice-Premier, first in rank, reinforcing the speculation that Li would become Premier and was being groomed to succeed then-Premier Wen Jiabao

2007

During his first term in the PSC between 2007 and 2012, Li took on the most important portfolios in the Chinese government, including economic development, government budgets, land and resources, the environment, and health, ostensibly to prepare him for his upcoming premiership

2004

Li was transferred to work as the Party Secretary in Liaoning in December 2004, taking on the top political office of the province

2003

This departure from convention (Wen Jiabao was the principal drafter of documents behind the reforms announced at the Third Plenum of 2003) led to speculation that Li was becoming marginalized in the new administration, and that the widely touted "Xi-Li Administration" in fact did not exist, as power was increasingly being centralized under the hands of Xi as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

1998

Li became the youngest Chinese provincial governor in June 1998 when he was appointed governor of Henan at the age of 43

1997

As he was expected to become Premier, this was a shift from previous convention on the PSC set in 1997 whereby the Premier ranked third, after the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, who ranked second

1995

He earned a PhD in economics in 1995, and the prominent economist Li Yining (no relation) was his doctoral advisor

1993

Li became the organization's First Secretary in 1993 and served until 1998

1990

Henan jumped in national GDP rankings from 28th in the early 1990s to 18th in 2004, when Li left Henan

1982

He entered the top leadership of the national organization of the Communist Youth League (CYL) in 1982 as a member of its Secretariat, and has worked closely with former Party General Secretary Hu Jintao, who also rose through the ranks of the CYL, ever since

1980

In 1980, Li became the Communist Youth League secretary at Peking University

1974

8 Senior High School in 1974, during the Cultural Revolution, and was sent for rural labour in Fengyang County, Anhui, where he eventually joined the Communist Party of China and made his way in becoming the party head of the local production team

1955

Li Keqiang was born on 1 July 1955 in Hefei, the capital and largest city of Anhui