Liu He (politician)

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Liu He
Liu He, May 16, 2018.jpg
Liu He in 2018
Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
Assumed office
19 March 2018
PremierLi Keqiang
Director of the Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission Office
Assumed office
20 March 2013
DeputyChen Xiwen
General secretaryXi Jinping
Preceded byZhu Zhixin
Personal details
Born (1952-01-25) 25 January 1952 (age 67)
Political partyCommunist Party of China
EducationRenmin University of China
Harvard University

Liu He (Chinese: 刘鹤; pinyin: Liú Hè; born 25 January 1952) is a Chinese economist and politician, a current member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, and a Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China and the director of the General Office serving the Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China, headed by Party General Secretary Xi Jinping.[1] He was named vice-premier on 19 March 2018 and will be heading the Financial Stability and Development Commission.[2][3]


Liu was born in Beijing. He studied together with current Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping at Beijing 101 Middle School. Liu graduated from Renmin University- Beijing Union University with a degree in industrial economics. He later studied at Seton Hall University and received his Masters of Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[4] He has widely published on macroeconomics, Chinese industrial and economic development policy, new economic theory and the information industry.[4] He worked successively for the National Planning Commission (later superseded by the NDRC), the State Information Centre, and the Development Research Centre of the State Council.[1]

Beginning in 2013, Liu began advising General Secretary Xi Jinping on a series of economic initiatives, and was believed to be one of the primary architects of Chinese economic policy at the time. At the 19th Party Congress in 2017, Liu was promoted to the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. He was also a member of the Party 18th Central Committee.[1] Liu gave a keynote address to the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos.[5]

In March 2018, Liu was appointed as a Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China.[6]

In May 2018, Liu, as Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping’s special envoy and vice premier, led a Chinese trade delegation to Washington, D.C. for the second round of trade talks with their U.S. counterparts.[7] This was part of the 2018 China–United States trade war.


  1. ^ a b c "Liu He". China Vitae. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  2. ^ "China's Liu He to take broad economic role as vice-premier". Financia Times. 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Liu He: China's new one-man debt bomb disposal unit". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  4. ^ a b Vitae, China. "China Vitae : Biography of Liu He". Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  5. ^ Bradsher, Keith (January 28, 2018). "At Davos, the Real Star May Have Been China, Not Trump". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "国务院副总理、国务委员、各部部长完整名单". Xinhua. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  7. ^ China Remains Low Key as 2nd Round of US-China Trade Talks Start The Diplomat