Premier of China between 2003 and 2013, Wen Jiabao served as vice-premier between 1998 and 2002. Wen, who was born in 1942, spent 14 years working in Gansu province’s geological bureau before being promoted in 1982 to vice-minister of geology and mineral resources. Wen graduated from the Beijing Institute of Geology in 1968 and has a master’s degree in geology. He was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee between 2002 and 2012.
Universities are sacred places, says premier
Premier Wen Jiabao recounted during an NPC group discussion how he visited Tianjin's Nankai University and met students without being hindered by security officers and minders. 'We can't drag in too many people when going to schools ... they're sacred,' Mr Wen was quoted as saying by the China News Service.
Officials scolded for whining, not studying
Vice-Premier Wu Yi has criticised officials from western regions for not doing their 'homework', the Beijing Times reports. 'These officials cry out about the problems they face and ask for favourable policies,' Ms Wu said. But she said the policies they needed were often already there - but officials didn't know how to use them for lack of 'serious study'.Irene Wang
Religion chief sidesteps talk of pope's successor
China's top official in charge of religious affairs has refused to comment on whether Sino-Vatican ties may improve under Pope John Paul's eventual successor. 'Only God knows when there will be a new pope and it is too early to comment on this,' Religious Affairs Bureau director Ye Xiaowen said, adding that communications with the Vatican had not stalled despite the frosty state of relations.
anti-monopoly law moves forward
A draft of the anti-monopoly law has been submitted to the State Council by the Ministry of Commerce, Xinhua quoted Deputy Commerce Minister Zhang Zhigang as saying. He said it would soon be passed to the NPC Standing Committee for review.Irene Wang