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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, is congratulated on his re-election by President Xi Jinping.
China People's Congress 2018

Chinese premier fades to secondary role despite re-election

Li Keqiang's control over economic policy has long since shifted to Xi Jinping

ISSAKU HARADA, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- Li Keqiang, who attracted global attention as an economic policymaker five years ago, stays on as Chinese premier but holds diminished clout now that President Xi Jinping has asserted leadership of running the world's second-largest economy.

Li was re-elected Sunday to a second five-year term by the National People's Congress, China's legislature.

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