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  1. News - China - HOUSING

    Too early to loosen curbs on property, says China's Premier Wen Jiabao

    Posted Sep 02nd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing No relaxation of controls on property Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday it was too early to loosen curbs on speculative property investment, state media reported, as authorities keep a tight lid on the once red-hot housing sector. Wen, inspecting an affordable housing project, said government efforts to rein in runaway housing prices had been ...

  2. Beijing talking tough on Iran strait shutdown

    Posted Jan 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei tzewei.ng@scmp.com China has expressed its clearest objection yet to Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation against new US sanctions, as Premier Wen Jiabao wrapped up a visit to the Middle East. 'Everyone is concerned about the security of the Strait of Hormuz, because it is an important international passage,' Wen said at a press ...

  3. Wen charms Japan but the distrust remains

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao's trip to Japan at the weekend garnered praise from earthquake survivors and Japanese academics, but analysts say it did more to enhance his personal reputation than to improve Sino-Japanese ties after four decades of ups and downs. The trip, probably Wen's last official visit to Japan before he steps down in early 2013, ...

  4. Welcome step to a free-trade region

    Posted May 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... geopolitical and economic interests. Meanwhile, however, Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea have sealed an investment treaty covering ... domestic product and 18.5 per cent of exports, making northeast Asia what Wen described as the world's most economically vibrant region. A free-trade deal would unleash its potential and boost ...

  5. Trust key to burying regional suspicions and building success

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... future importance cannot be underestimated, according to diplomats involved. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao captured the mood when he used his address to the six-nation gathering to urge leaders ... links as well as co-operate over health risks, drug trafficking and growing environmental threats. Long-planned transport links are already fast becoming a reality- marked by Mr Wen joining his ...

  6. Editor asks for clemency

    Posted Sep 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Ching Cheong's Singaporean employer yesterday made an appeal for leniency for its chief China correspondent, citing his good professional record and poor health. In a letter to Premier Wen Jiabao, Han Fook Kwang, editor of The Straits Times, called for clemency. Ching was sentenced on Thursday to five years in jail for spying for Taiwan. 'We respect ...

  7. Wen calls for warmer relations with Taiwan

    Posted Apr 19th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung Premier Wen Jiabao has called for the mainland and Taiwan to ditch their hostility and work together, in yet another goodwill gesture amid warming cross-strait ties. ... co-operation,' Mr Wen told Xinhua yesterday. He made the comment during a meeting with Fredrick Chien Fu, Taiwan's envoy to the Boao forum, in Hainan province. They met on the sidelines of the Boao ...

  8. Next 20 years crucial to development: Wen

    Posted Oct 01st 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Premier says economic adjustments have laid groundwork Premier Wen Jiabao says the first two decades of the 21st century offer China a strategic opportunity for development- and the Communist Party will lead the modernisation drive. Attending a state banquet on the eve of the 55th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic, Mr Wen said ...

  9. Big steps forwards

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Prime Minister Wen Jiabao took part in an online discussion for the first time recently. In the course of the discussion, the premier responded to suggestions by netizens about ... on the Web. Mr Wen's internet discussion is another landmark event which symbolises the mainland's march towards greater freedom. Apart from being an economic and military powerhouse, ...

  10. More flexible yuan urged

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... difficulties businesses were facing there to the central government. He said Premier Wen Jiabao had indicated Beijing's determination to help small and medium-sized enterprises during his visit ...




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