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Li Qiang: A premier Xi trusts in

In October he was appointed to the Standing Committee of the Politburo, followed by his election as Premier on Saturday: Li Qiang (front right) is a close confidant of Xi Jinping.

Saturday will be the day: The National People’s Congress in Beijing will elect China’s new premier. And in all likelihood, his name will be Li Qiang. What he and the incumbent Li Keqiang have in common is that they are considered to be business-oriented. Just as Li Keqiang made efforts to open up the country and introduce reforms during his ten years in office, Li Qiang has done a lot to support the private sector, most recently as party leader in Shanghai and in previous positions.

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