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Premier of the People's Republic of China

Premier of the
State Council of the
People's Republic of China
Li Keqiang

since 15 March 2013
Residence Zhongnanhai
Nominator the President of the People's Republic of China
Appointer the National People's Congress
Term length five years, renewable
once consecutively
Inaugural holder Zhou Enlai
Formation 27 September 1954
(61 years, 116 days)
Website State Council
Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China
Simplified Chinese 中华人民共和国国务院总理
Traditional Chinese 中華人民共和國國務院總理
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese 国务院总理
Traditional Chinese 國務院總理
Literal meaning State Council Premier
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The Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, sometimes also referred to informally as the "Prime Minister", is the Leader of the State Council of China (the "Central People's Government" after 1954), who is the head of government and holds the highest rank (Level 1) in the Civil Service. This position was originally known as Premier of the Government Administration Council of the Central People's Government (Chinese: 中央人民政府政务院总理) and changed to its current name in 1954.

The Premier is formally approved by the National People's Congress upon the nomination of the President. In practice, the candidate is chosen through an informal process within the Communist Party of China. Both the President and the Premier are selected once every five years. The Premier has always been a member of the powerful Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China.


  • Powers and duties 1
  • List of premiers 2
  • Living former premiers 3
  • Premier's spouse 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
  • See also 7

Powers and duties

The Premier is the highest administrative position in the

See also

  • Official PRC Government Website

External links

  1. ^ a b Section 3, Article 88 and Article 89.


Spouse Premier Tenure
1 Deng Yingchao Zhou Enlai 1 October 1949 – 8 January 1976
2 Han Zhijun Hua Guofeng 4 February 1976 – 10 September 1980
3 Liang Boqi Zhao Ziyang 10 September 1980 – 24 November 1987
4 Zhu Lin Li Peng 24 November 1987 – 17 March 1998
5 Lao An Zhu Rongji 17 March 1998 – 16 March 2003
6 Zhang Peili Wen Jiabao 16 March 2003 – 15 March 2013
7 Cheng Hong Li Keqiang 15 March 2013 – present

Since the first premier, seven had a spouse during term of office.

Premier's spouse

Premier Term of office Date of birth
Li Peng 1987-1998 (1928-10-20) 20 October 1928
Zhu Rongji 1998-2003 (1928-10-01) 1 October 1928
Wen Jiabao 2003-2013 (1942-09-15) 15 September 1942

As of January 2016, there are three living former premiers:

Living former premiers

List of premiers

The Premier has been supported by four Vice-Premiers since Deng Xiaoping's reform in 1983. The First-ranked Vice Premier will act in the premier's capacity in their absence.

In 1989, then Premier Li Peng, in cooperation with the then Chairman of the Central Military Commission Deng Xiaoping, was able to use the office of the Premier to declare martial law in Beijing and order the military crackdown of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

The Premier does not have command authority over the People's Liberation Army, but the Premier is the head of the National Defense Mobilization Commission of China and deputy head of the National Security Commission which are departments of the armed forces. Since 1980s, there has been a division of responsibilities between the Premier and the General Secretary of the Communist Party wherein the Premier is responsible for the technical details of implementing government policy while the General Secretary gathers the political support necessary for government policy.

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