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. 


Back to school for Wen Jiabao: Ex-premier jumps rope and teaches class during visit

The ex-premier relives his childhood, playing jump rope with the children. Photo: Liudaohe Middle School

Former premier Wen Jiabao mingled with pupils at a middle school in Chengde in Hebei province, delivered a talk on science and even joined in a round of rope skipping.

Saturday, 31 May, 2014, 11:46am 14 comments

Wen Jiabao, ex-premier, pens 90th birthday poem to scholar Ye Jiaying

Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People in 2013. Photo: AP

Former premier Wen Jiabao has again garnered renewed public attention by writing a letter and a poem to scholar Ye Jiaying on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

9 May 2014 - 2:55am

Forget 'Likonomics', it's all about economic stimulus in China again

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

When Li Keqiang took over as premier early last year, he quickly became known for an economic plan called "Likonomics".

7 Apr 2014 - 7:56am 3 comments

Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students who practise table tennis while visiting the Second High School in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many former and current mainland leaders have already experienced or are eager to experience.

24 Mar 2014 - 7:49am 3 comments

Symphony of scandal: The significance of the ICIJ leaks timing

Symphony of scandal: The significance of the ICIJ leaks timing

On January 22, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published an excoriating report on the extent of offshore accounts owned by China's wealthy and powerful. We illustrate how the exposé ties in with the timelines of other important ongoing stories.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:15pm 1 comment

Article on 'humble' Wen reappears amid rumours he is next graft target

Wen Jiabao. Photo: Xinhua

A lengthy article about former premier Wen Jiabao's family roots written more than a decade ago has reappeared on the website of the Communist Party's mouthpiece.

21 Jan 2014 - 4:58pm 6 comments

Discussions of Wen Jiabao's daughter censored in China as more foreign media sites blocked

A combination photo of the JP Morgan office in New York, former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and his daughter, Wen Ruchun. Photo: SCMP Pictures

“Who is Lily Chang?” the same question has been repeated again and again on China’s social media since Thursday morning. Yet even without mentioning Wen Ruchun, which according to the New York Times is the real name of the the woman in question and daughter of China’s former prime minister Wen Jiabao, most microbloggers have seen their posts censored within minutes.

16 Nov 2013 - 4:44pm 30 comments

JPMorgan Chase's ties with Wen Jiabao's family investigated

JPMorgan is being investigated by US authorities over its hiring practices in China. Photo: Reuters

To promote its standing in China, JPMorgan Chase turned to a seemingly obscure consulting firm run by a 32-year-old executive named Lily Chang. Chang's firm, which received a US$75,000-a-month contract from JPMorgan, appeared to have only two employees.

15 Nov 2013 - 7:32am 13 comments

Former Premier Wen Jiabao re-appears to praise Xi Jinping’s father

Former Premier Wen Jiabao seen in the CCTV interview broadcast on Wednesday. Screenshot from television footage.

Seven months after Wen Jiabao retired from a decade in office as China’s premier, he this week returned to the limelight to praise the father of President Xi Jinping on national television.

18 Oct 2013 - 5:06am

Li warning heats up Hong Kong-Shanghai debate

Li warning heats up Hong Kong-Shanghai debate

Hong Kong dealmaker par excellence Li Ka-shing, fondly known to locals as Superman, says Shanghai's free-trade zone could be Kryptonite to the city in which he built his fortune.

19 Sep 2013 - 8:07am 2 comments

China Development Bank loans point to stealthy economic stimulus

More than 60 per cent of China Development Bank's bonds sold this year went to investors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Photo: EPA

China Development Bank (CDB) has agreed to fund massive infrastructure borrowing by three mainland provincial governments in the latest sign of an effort by Beijing to prop up growth with targeted bursts of lending.

15 Aug 2013 - 9:05am

Promotion snub of Wen Jiabao son-in-law takes cue from Xi Jinping?

Xi Jinping spoke about promoting officials who are capable and practical. Photo: EPA

The appointment of Yang Jiacai as assistant chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, announced on Tuesday, saw him leapfrog Liu Chunhang - the son-in-law of former premier Wen Jiabao and the head of the CBRC statistics and research departments and a member of the elite "reserved official" promotion programme.

6 Jun 2013 - 8:50am 2 comments

Mixed reviews as Li Keqiang takes centre stage as China's new premier

Li Keqiang addresses his first news conference as premier yesterday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

In his first press conference as premier yesterday, Li Keqiang showed a style that starkly contrasted his predecessor, Wen Jiabao, with almost no references to poetry or any sentimental remarks.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Wen Jiabao bows out after 10 years as premier

Wen Jiabao shakes hands with delegates after handing over the premiership to Li Keqiang at the NPC. Photo: AP

Wen Jiabao bowed out of political life yesterday, formally handing the premiership to Li Keqiang after 10 years in the job.

Li became the new premier after a ceremonial election at the rubber-stamp National People’s Congress, being chosen by 2,940 deputies and opposed by only three.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:41am

Small issues could grow into big trouble

Wen Jiabao established close connections with Hong Kong, constantly reminding the city to tackle its 'deep-rooted' social conflict. Photo: AP

As reporters gathered in Beijing last week for the National People's Congress, one of the phrases we heard most was "milk powder".

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am 1 comment