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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. 



China critics 'doomed to failure' as Wen seeks lawyers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 October, 2012, 6:30pm
UPDATED : Monday, 29 October, 2012, 8:14pm

China on Monday warned its critics they were “doomed to failure” as Beijing confirmed that Premier Wen Jiabao’s family had employed lawyers to help fight The New York Times

“There are always some voices in the world who do not want to see China develop and become stronger and they will try any means to smear China and Chinese leaders and try to sow instability in China,” said foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

“Your scheme is doomed to failure,” he added.

The official was responding to questions about Wen’s decision to hire lawyers to fight claims published by The New York Times last week that his family had owned assets worth US$2.7 billion.

“Premier Wen Jiabao’s family has entrusted lawyers to release a statement and will continue to clarify the report,” the spokesman said.

Friday’s New York Times article came at an especially sensitive time for China, as the Communist Party strives to clean house before a pivotal once-in-a-decade handover of power next month.

Detailing a string of deals, the New York Times said many relatives of the government’s number two – a self-styled man of the people – had become “extraordinarily wealthy” during his years in office.

Investments by Wen’s son, wife and others spanning the banking, jewellery and telecom sectors were worth at least US$2.7 billion according to an analysis of company and regulatory filings from 1992 up to this year, it said.


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Why criticise the west and The NY Times (being just the messenger) when most likely the source is coming from within the political party within China?
Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei should focus on why this kind of back-stabbing is happening within their own system and how to deal with such manipulation and treachery. It will long continue as long as the system at the top remains opaque. Everyone now knows there is no unity or harmony within the party; there is a cancer and it is spreading quickly.
This is good. Let’s get everything out in the open for people to see.
The only real failure is to not bring the whole truth to light for the right for Chinese citizens and the international community to see. Anything else is just rhetoric (which the Chinese government are masters at). That is all the people want and have the right to know: the truth.
It is not about not wanting China to develop. Everyone wants Chinese people to be free, have the right to criticize the government for their wrong-doings and to become friends the rest of the world. But nobody wants a corrupt, authoritarian and suppressive government to flourish. Critics of the way China is run by a corrupt Communist Party will continue unless they become more transparent and honest with their own people who are emprisoned in their own country. People are suffering. Do they care about their people or just about increasing their own power and wealth?
Chinese citizens are become more aware of what is going on, so this corrupt system cannot continue for much longer. People will soon claim the power to run their country in the right way.
Yes, 溫家寶‘ lawyers can sue NYT in China under long-arm jurisdiction which means that the ability of Chinese court exercise jurisdiction over foreign defendants. I am not taking sides. However, Mr. Wen’s lawyers have a burden of proof that the NYT article is a fraud and a criminal libel.
Under US territory jurisdiction refers to a court's power over events and persons within the bounds of a particular geographic territory. The argument here is events that have occurred within a well-defined territory. For example the Judge or either defendant’s or plaintiff’s layers must decide if the dispute has arose in US or in China. So, court has the power to render a judgment concerning events. If evens does occur in China, then, a Chinese court can use or apply a long-arm jurisdiction.
NYT article just provided a reasonable ground for belief yet it did not offer in proof of an alleged fact. Suspicion implies a belief upon circumstances which do not amount to proof that Wen’s relatives profit from his position or from the political connection.
Corruption is the core of poverty and corruption on the poor the impact of resources and hinder development, such as lower economic growth, The United States or the European Union, however, should not provide a safe haven to those in Asia or Africa's most corrupt officials, which will encourage corruption in developing countries.


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