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Liu He in 2018
|Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China|
|Assumed office |
19 March 2018
|Director of the Central Financial and Economic Affairs Commission Office|
|Assumed office |
20 March 2013
|General secretary||Xi Jinping|
|Preceded by||Zhu Zhixin|
|Born||25 January 1952|
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Education||Renmin University of China|
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. Liu is the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the deputy party group secretary of the NDRC, 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. He was named vice-premier on 19 March 2018 and will be heading the Financial Stability and Development Commission.
Liu was born in Beijing. He graduated from Renmin 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. He has widely published on macroeconomics, Chinese industrial and economic development policy, new economic theory and the information industry. He worked successively for the National Planning Commission (later superseded by the NDRC), the State Information Centre, and the Development Research Centre of the State Council.
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. Liu gave a keynote address to the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos.
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. This was part of the 2018 China–United States trade war.