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  1. Cable sheds light on the secret life of Wen Jiabao

    Posted Sep 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The 'people's premier' Wen Jiabao is a 'headache' and a formidable boss in the eyes of his subordinates, according to a US diplomatic cable that has been released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks Wen had a distaste for choreographed work schedules drawn up by his aides and local officials and also detested the wooden ...

  2. Food scandals expose lack of moral compass

    Posted May 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... scandals involving recycled cooking oil, contaminated pork and steamed buns. They moved Premier Wen Jiabao to express his outrage on April 18. 'The deterioration of morality has reached ... to re-establish themselves since China's reforms. But it will need more time for these principles to take root. Wen will have to sound his warning again. Mark O'Neill worked as a Post ...

  3. Tightening policy should stay for now, Wen says

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao says the country should resolutely continue with its tightening measures on the property market for at least the rest of the year. According to statements posted on the government's official website after a regular State Council meeting that Wen chaired on Saturday, he said local governments should strictly carry ...

  4. Wen warns of rising trade barriers

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Denise Tsang denise.tsang@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao says tearing down trade barriers is crucial to stabilising trade amid the current global economic turmoil. For the first time in five years, Wen yesterday opened the 110th China Import and Export Fair, formerly known as the Canton Fair, in Guangzhou. He said trade disputes had become increasingly political and trade ...

  5. Wen vows to tackle nation's wealth gap

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li Raymond.li@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to tackle the mainland's yawning wealth gap in a speech marking the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's ... that most concern the people and that have a direct impact on their interests,' Wen said in the speech at a banquet on Friday night. He also used his National Day speech to pledge to push ahead ...

  6. No loosening yet, Wen says as growth dips

    Posted Sep 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao says the recent moderation in the mainland's economic growth is within 'expectations' and the result of the government's macroeconomic policies. Beijing will maintain its current economic policies despite a slowdown in the mainland amid faltering growth in main developed economies, Wen said in an article to be published in Qiushi magazine. ...

  7. Work to better bilateral ties, Wen says

    Posted May 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday told Chinese people living in Japan his current visit to the country may be his last in an official capacity and urged them to continue working hard to improve Sino-Japanese ties. Wen was speaking with more than 100 Chinese on the sidelines of a two-day trilateral summit. He said he had visited Japan twice in his nine years as premier. Wen is scheduled to step ...

  8. Inflation likely to stay above 4pc target, Wen says

    Posted Jun 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao hinted for the first time that China would find it difficult to attain its 4 per cent target for inflation this year, but said he was confident the rate could be kept below 5 per cent. Wen told a Chinese community in London on Sunday the government was taking the battle against inflation seriously. 'My experience is that if inflation goes ...

  9. Boy band a hit with Grandpa Wen

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao is known for the charm offences he employs on overseas visits, including playing baseball, jogging, drawing and even singing traditional songs. Yet 'Grandpa Wen' refrained from trying to sing a song by popular Japanese boy band SMAP yesterday. Wen, 69, said he was too old to know their songs and asked the band to sing a few lines to him. He told ...

  10. Price rises in check, says Wen

    Posted Jun 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... China is confident price rises will be kept firmly under control this year, Premier Wen Jiabao says, and his cabinet's efforts to stem inflation have worked. In an article published on the opinion page of the Financial Times yesterday, Wen addressed global concerns about whether China can curb inflation and sustain rapid development, to which he said: 'My answer is an emphatic ...




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