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A man of the people at home in villages and the world stage

Updated: Feb 9,2015 2:23 PM

With maps spread out on a military helicopter, Premier Li Keqiang heads to Lushan, the epicenter of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on April 20, 2013, to oversee relief efforts.

Premier Li Keqiang chairs numerous meetings every year, but it’s not just the number that catches the eye, as the locations, on land, sea and air from humble village halls and farmers’ living rooms to the Great Hall of the People and international forums.

The pictures show a glimpse of a hectic schedule.

On the way:

In the company of senior officials on a train, the Premier discusses poverty alleviation on Jan 26, 2014.

On board a vessel near Wanzhou, Chongqing, Premier Li Keqiang pores over maps on April 27, 2014 as he discusses shipping lanes on one of China’s greatest commercial arteries, the Yangtze River.

In the meeting halls:

The Premier delivers the government work report at the annual National People’s Congress on March 5, 2014.

A group discussion at the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference on March 4, 2014 sees the Premier emphasize a key point.

The Premier chairs the Fourth Plenary Meeting of the State Council on discussions concerning the Report on the Work of the Government, Jan 19, 2015. The report will be soon submitted for review by the plenary meeting of the third session of the 12th National People’s Congress.

Premier Li Keqiang talks to a group of prominent figures from the education, science, culture, health and sports sectors, who were invited to submit suggestions on the draft Report on the Work of the Government at a symposium in Beijing, on Jan 27, 2015.

On the phone:

A videophone conference gives the Premier an opportunity to talk to a captain of a Chinese search and rescue vessel on March 12, 2014. The vessel was taking part in operations to locate wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

With the people:

Village affairs top the agenda as the Premier meets with local farmers in a village under Chifeng city, in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on March 27, 2014.

Migrant workers and their families meet the Premier at a staff dormitory in the economic and technological development zone, Jiujiang city, Jiangxi province, on Dec 26, 2012.

The Premier takes notes as he listens to suggestions and complaints from the villagers at Qingbao, in Hubei province, on Dec 29, 2012.

Villagers from Tanliang, Nanning, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, share a lighter moment with the Premier on July 9, 2013.

Residents, originally from rural areas, discuss their daily lives and future plans for urbanization during a meeting with the Premier in a residential community of Dezhou city, Shandong province, on July 24, 2014.

A sad moment:

The Premier leads a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Ludian earthquake, in Yunnan province, before he chairs a meeting to oversee disaster relief efforts, on Aug 4, 2014.

At the world stage:

Meeting representatives of 10 companies operating in the pilot Shanghai Free Trade Zone, the Premier asked them to grade reforms in the zone at a company cafeteria on Sept 18, 2014.

Ministers gather around the Premier for discussions during a break between meetings with foreign leaders in Belgrade, Serbia, on Dec 16, 2014. Li was attending the third leaders’ meeting between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries in Serbia and met with leaders of the 16 countries.

Premier Li Keqiang held a dialogue with members of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan 21, 2015.

Premier Li Keqiang returns to his seat amid ringing applause after his speech at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Economic and Trade Forum between China and CEE countries in Belgrade, Serbia, on Dec 16, 2014.