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.
Ailing vice-premier keeps himself in the spotlight
State media yesterday continued to play up ailing Vice-Premier Huang Ju's partial return to politics after he issued a directive to a national meeting to promote the use of digital technology in government.
China's sixth-highest-ranking official, Mr Huang was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early this year. He did not make a personal appearance, but along with Premier Wen Jiabao sent written directives to the meeting. Only Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan spoke at the meeting, according to China Central Television.
In his directive, Premier Wen said 'electronic governance', administrative reform and a more efficient public service with higher standards increased the public's opportunities to take part in economic and social activities.
Mr Huang echoed the theme, saying electronic technology was key to bureaucratic reform and improving the public service.
The 68-year-old official was diagnosed with cancer before the Lunar New Year and disappeared from the public spotlight for almost five months.
Last week, a pale-looking Mr Huang made an official appearance at the Great Hall of the People.