China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Monday, announced that Chinese Premier Li Qiang will attend the 18th G20 Summit in New Delhi, instead of President Xi Jinping. The ministry released an official statement on its website.
Here are 5 facts about Chinese Premier Li Qiang
During the annual meeting of China’s rubber-stamp parliament this year in March, Li Qiang was nominated by President Xi Jinping to become the premier, a role charged with managing the world’s second-largest economy.
While Mr Qiang has reportedly been in public service for almost all his life, he is the first premier since the founding of the People’s Republic. It must be noted that Mr Qiang has never previously held a position in the central government, stated The Indian Express.
64-year-old Qiang is the former Communist Party chief of Shanghai and a close ally of President Jinping.
On March 11, Mr Qiang took office by replacing Li Keqiang, who served the office for a five-year term.
Mr Qiang also served as the chief of staff for President Jinping between 2004 and 2007.
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