Wen Jiabao

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. 


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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 February, 2009, 12:00am

The despicable conduct of this troublemaker will win no sympathy and will not hold back the tide of friendly co-operation between China and Britain.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, being melodramatic after a protester threw a shoe at Premier Wen Jiabao during his visit to Cambridge University, missing him by more than a metre

Goals gone wild: The systematic side effects of over-prescribing goal setting

Title of a Harvard Business School paper, explaining how otherwise intelligent employees do stupid things when their bosses tell them to focus too much on overly narrow and demanding tasks

We printed tens of thousands of beer mats and posters with warning slogans and distributed them to bars and clubs, but they always disappear after a while.

Police Chief Inspector Monica Au-yeung Mun-yee, complaining about the futility of conventional campaigns against drink-driving

Do I need to tell you every person I've paid respects to since the first day of the Lunar New Year?

Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, who broke with the Liberal Party, refusing to say whether he had been invited to meet a central government liaison office representative like several of his former party colleagues


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