Li Lanqing

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Li Lanqing
7th First-ranking Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
In office
Premier Zhu Rongji
Preceded by Zhu Rongji
Succeeded by Huang Ju
Member of the 15th CPC Politburo Standing Committee
In office
19 September 1997 – 15 November 2002
General Secretary Jiang Zemin
Personal details
Born May 1932 (1932-05)
Zhenjiang, Kiangsu, Republic of China
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Fudan University
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Lanqing (simplified Chinese: 李岚清; traditional Chinese: 李嵐清; pinyin: Lǐ Lánqīng; born May 1932 in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu) is a prominent Chinese politician.


He is a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China. While in government he was First Vice-Premier. In his capacity as Vice Premier, Li was responsible for national education policy. He is the author of "Education for 1.3 Billion: On 10 Years of Education Reform and Development." The book has sold more than 750,000 copies in China and has been translated into English.

Early career[edit]

Li graduated from the Business Management Department of Fudan University in 1952.

Early in his career, Li was part of the launch of China auto industry and later held positions in the First Ministry of Machine Building Industry and the State Economic Commission.

Li was involved in opening China up to the world from 1978 on. In this role, he was responsible for foreign governmental loans at the State Foreign Investment Administrative Commission.

Li also served as director-general of the Foreign Investment Administration of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade. He was vice mayor of Tianjin. Li was also Executive Vice Minister and then Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade.

Later career[edit]

From 1993 to 2003, Li was Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China and was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 15th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zheng Tuobin
Minister of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade
1990 – 1993
Succeeded by
Wu Yi
Preceded by
Zhu Rongji
First-ranking Vice-Premier of the State Council
1998 – 2003
Succeeded by
Huang Ju