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.
Third top leader to visit Russia
State Councillor Dai Bingguo is to go to Russia today on an official three-day visit at the invitation of Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, the Foreign Ministry announced yesterday. Mr Dai will be the third top mainland leader to visit Russia in less than two weeks. Last week, Premier Wen Jiabao visited Moscow and signed an agreement on a pipeline for Russia to supply oil from Siberia to the mainland. Mr Wen preceded the visit by State Councillor Liu Yandong . Xinhua