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  1. Does Wen really mean it this time?

    Posted Apr 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to medium-sized businesses are handicapped by lack of access to financing. As Premier Wen Jiabao has said, this means the big state banks' monopoly on business financing must be broken to allow private capital to enter the sector. Now in the last of his 10 years in office, Wen has long championed such reform without success. Meanwhile the stranglehold on capital by state enterprises ...

  2. EU trade chief hails Wen pledge of more help

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... but 'the reports of our death are greatly exaggerated'. On Tuesday, Premier Wen Jiabao said China was 'ready to get more deeply involved in participating in solving the European debt issue'. Wen's words were important because the crisis affects other countries, said de Gucht. 'It also makes a difference for China and other emerging markets, as the European economy ...

  3. China bracing for a sluggish start, Wen says

    Posted Jan 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing ed.zhang@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao has warned that China's economy could face difficult times in the first quarter, but said the government was ready to 'fine-tune' monetary policy. Wen (pictured) said people should be confident the nation would surmount economic hurdles and usher in stable growth. 'We have a relatively cool market, which ...

  4. Wen sets China's terms for help

    Posted Sep 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Dalian ed.zhang@scmp.com Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday spelled out China's demands for helping the US and Europe overcome their financial and economic difficulties in remarks seen as a shift in China's attitude towards the developed economies. Speaking to 1,500 delegates at the opening of the annual World Economic Forum event in Dalian, Wen delivered ...

  5. Wen's to-do list

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... for Premier Wen Jiabao for 2008. The first calls for 'high-speed, stable growth', which means the central government remains glued to the mandate left by the previous administration: high ... with everyone buying into this ultimate endgame. Declaring this to be one of Mr Wen's tasks is merely domestic, politically correct posturing. But then how do you control inflation? The second task ...

  6. Economic controls not toothless: Wen

    Posted Nov 07th 2007, 12:00am by Joyce Man, Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi and Joyce Man in Moscow Premier in rare defence of record Premier Wen Jiabao has mounted a rare public defence of his macroeconomic policies, which have been criticised both within the Communist Party and overseas. In an uncharacteristically assertive manner, Mr Wen arranged an interview with a group of Hong Kong reporters yesterday during his visit to Russia. ...

  7. Let's give market forces full play: Wen

    Posted Jul 24th 2004, 12:00am by Andrew Collier

    ... Andrew Collier in Beijing Beijing will allow market forces greater play and reduce the role of government in the economy, Premier Wen Jiabao said. In a message relayed in a speech ... The choices included administrative orders from Beijing, macroeconomic policies such as interest rate increases, and a relaxation of government control. Policies announced by Mr Wen suggest he ...

  8. Innovate to grow, mainland is told

    Posted Sep 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of growth rather than depend on exports. Following the approval of that plan by the National People's Congress in March this year, Premier Wen Jiabao said he had always emphasised ... and technology, he said. 'China's economy has long been seen as imbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable,' Wen said. 'We must seize the opportunity now to adjust the economic ...

  9. The economics of leadership

    Posted Jul 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Roach correct to say that China has a good chance of doing just fine? Will the present leadership team, headed by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, leave a legacy that will boost ... for the new round of decision making, leaders have been busy making field trips to the provinces. On Monday, Wen went to Shaanxi province and said he felt 'pressure in my heart' when told ...

  10. Economy's lull a time for reform

    Posted Aug 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to stimulate consumption and cut taxes for the small- and medium-sized enterprises that generate employment opportunities. In fact, Premier Wen Jiabao said last month that sustaining investment ... these reforms at a time when its comparative cost advantage is declining. During boom times, it is harder to overcome resistance to change from vested interests. As Wen has said, the key to sustainable ...




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