Li Keqiang laid out a successor before leaving office?

In-depth Reports 05/13/22, 05:34

On May 11, the Wall Street Journal reported under the headline "China's Forgotten Premier Steps Out of Xi's Shadow as Economic Fixer." The article revealed that people close to policymakers said Chinese Premier Minister Li Keqiang was trying to influence the selection of his replacement when he steps down as premier in less than ...

Li Keqiang can’t command his subordinates

Insights 02/15/22, 19:50

Li Keqiang a top-level leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has become increasingly frustrated over their bureaucracy's negligence in recent years, according to Chinese-language media Da Ji Yuan.  The secretary of the Huangshan Municipal Party Committee of Anhui Province recently reported that officials have a mentality of lying flat and ...

Xi Jinping gives no speech on National Remembrance Day

China 12/16/21, 17:26

On Dec. 13, Chinese pro-democracy activist Wang Dan posted a post on Facebook, saying, "The political atmosphere in China these days is a bit unusual." Wang Dan said that, in the official report of the CCP's Central Economic Work Conference, the names of President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang ...

China’s PM Li seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

Europe 04/12/19, 04:40

China's prime minister has promised that Beijing will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it's flouting EU competition rules with huge investments on the continent.Opening an annual summit of Eastern and Central European nations and China, Li Keqiang said "we intend to fully respect European ...

Chinese premier visits bridge construction in Croatia

World 04/11/19, 09:59

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has visited a construction site in Croatia where a major European Union-funded bridge is being built by a Chinese state-owned company.The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) won in 2018 an international bid to construct the 2.4 kilometer-long bridge over the Adriatic Sea.The 420 million-euro ...

China’s premier meets New Zealand’s leader amid 5G dispute

World 03/31/19, 23:49

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged New Zealand to provide a "fair, transparent, convenient" investment environment in a meeting with the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, that comes amid a dispute over use of Chinese telecoms equipment.Relations between the two countries have been strained since New Zealand's spy agency in ...

Asian shares gain as investors await news on China-US trade

Business 03/15/19, 01:19

Shares rose Friday in Asia after a day of lackluster trading on Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 1 percent to 21,506.92 as the Bank of Japan ended a policy meeting by keeping its key interest rate at minus 0.1 percent, maintaining its stance of extreme monetary easing and lavish ...

Premier: Telling companies to spy is ‘not how China behaves’

Business 03/14/19, 23:04

China's premier has said Beijing "will not do that" when asked whether Chinese companies are told to spy on foreign countries.Premier Li Keqiang, speaking at a news conference, said Friday that such tactics were "not how China behaves."The United States and some other governments have imposed curbs on use of ...

Premier: China needs ‘strong measures’ to support economy

Business 03/14/19, 22:02

China's top economic official says the country needs "strong measures" to counteract downward pressure on growth but Beijing plans to promote market-oriented reforms instead of relying on more lending and deficit government spending.Premier Li Keqiang, speaking in a nationally televised news conference, said Friday the communist government will cut taxes ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 03/08/19, 04:51

China opened the annual session of its legislature this week in Beijing. The nearly 6,000 delegates to the National People's Congress and its advisory body include hundreds of military officers, representatives of ethnic groups and Chinese celebrities like former NBA player Yao Ming. The Chinese legislature has a rubber-stamp function ...

Chinese exports fall amid US tariffs, weak global demand

Business 03/08/19, 02:31

China's exports to the United States plunged in January and February as President Donald Trump's punitive tariffs chilled demand, while sales to the rest of the world also weakened. Exports to the United States, China's biggest trading partner, fell 14.1 percent from a year earlier to $52.3 billion in the first ...

China says new law will bar demands for technology handover

Business 03/05/19, 22:54

China will bar government authorities from demanding overseas companies hand over technology secrets in exchange for market share, a top economic official said Wednesday, addressing a key complaint at the heart of the current China-U.S. trade dispute.The provision is contained in a foreign investment law to be debated at the ...

China says tough year ahead economically

China 03/05/19, 11:32

China’s Premier Li Keqiang has warned that the world’s second largest economy has a tough struggle ahead this year as Beijing grapples with slowing growth and an ongoing trade dispute with the United

Update: China promises all companies treated as equals

China 03/04/19, 20:39

The Latest on the annual meeting of China's Congress (all times local):9:30 a.m.China's top economic official is promising all companies are to be 'treated as equals' in a bid to defuse U.S. and European trade complaints.A Chinese military band conductor rehearses before the opening session of the annual National People's ...

Much politicking, little legislating as China congress meets

China 02/28/19, 22:24

Thousands of delegates from around China are gathering in Beijing for next week's annual session of the country's rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body. The event is more a chance for the authoritarian ruling Communist Party leadership to directly communicate its message than for actual debate or passage of laws.The ...

Asian leaders push for progress on South China Sea pact

World 11/13/18, 22:19

Southeast Asian leaders and China are touting progress in keeping peace in the contentious South China Sea as they work toward a "code of conduct" to govern navigation routes and other activities in the region. Speaking at the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore, Chinese Premier ...

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