Beijing has for the first time established an advisory council of multinational heavyweights to help the leadership keep a finger on the pulse of major corporations in vital industries. Premier Li Keqiang on 5 June held the first meeting with members of the new "Global CEO Advisory Council" - consisting of 14 business leaders who include the heads of Time Warner, IBM and Dell. The council will discuss issues related to globalisation and sustainable development with the Chinese government. This is the first time Beijing has established a mechanism in which global business leaders can have regular, private talks with top mainland officials.