Premier since 2003, 70-year-old Wen served as vice-premier between 1998 and 2002. Earlier in his career he 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.
Statement from lawyers of Premier Wen Jiabao's family obtained by the Sunday Morning Post
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Entrusted by the family members of Wen Jiabao, we hereby issue a statement regarding the New York Times’ untrue report about Wen Jiabao and his relatives:
I. The so-called “hidden riches” of Wen Jiabao’s family members in the New York Times’ report does not exist.
II. Some of Wen Jiabao’s family members have not engaged in business activities. Some were engaged in business activities, but they did not carry out any illegal business activity. They do not hold shares of any companies.
III. The mother of Wen Jiabao, except receiving salary/pension according to the regulation, has never had any income or property.
IV. Wen Jiabao has never played any role in the business activities of his family members, still less has he allowed his family members’ business activities to have any influence on his formulation and execution of policies.
V. Other relatives of Wen Jiabao and the “friends” and “colleagues” of those relative are responsible for all their own business activities.
VI. We will continue to make clarifications regarding untrue reports by the New York Times, and reserve the right to hold it legally responsible.
Jun He Law Offices
Grandall Law Firm (Beijing)
October 27, 2012