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. 


Wen regrets not preventing his children doing business in China, reports say

Wen Jiabao. Photo: AFP

Despite the 11 failures China’s outgoing premier Wen Jiabao openly acknowledged in his last work report on Tuesday, sources say he

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 7:20pm 1 comment

Wen Jiabao era leaves promises to keep

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: AP

A decade is a long time in politics, particularly for someone put in charge of the day-to-day running of a country as dynamic and diverse as China. Yet outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao has persevered with the task, making the most of his skills as a technocrat while putting himself forward as a man of the people. He has gamely steered the economy and made many grand gestures and promises, most of which remain unfulfilled as he prepares to hand over to Li Keqiang. There are those who will be sorry to see him go; others want his successor to be more about substance than populism.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Premier Wen Jiabao focuses on shadow banking risks for first time

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers the work report at the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing. Photo: AP

The government work report delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday singled out risks in the mainland's financial sector for the first time. That reflects mounting concerns over the default dangers banks face and the under-regulated yet burgeoning shadow banking system.

6 Mar 2013 - 1:35pm

Wen Jiabao's land pledge to farmers up to next cabinet to implement

Wen said the State Council under his leadership "did a great deal of preparatory work" on improving the compensation scheme for requisitioned rural land. Photo: Simon Song

Legislation meant to lift farmers' share of profits from land sales, which outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to introduce before the end of his term, has been left in the hands of the next cabinet.

6 Mar 2013 - 6:24am

Premier Wen Jiabao gives his government mixed marks in work report

Premier Wen Jiabao bows after delivering his work report. Photo: AFP

While most deputies at the opening of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing praised the retiring leader, the public, and especially internet users and microbloggers, were more critical, with some ridiculing the premier's self-assessment.

6 Mar 2013 - 6:30am 2 comments

Wen devotes fewer words to Hong Kong, Macau at NPC

Wen stressed the importance of unity between Hong Kong and Macau and the mainland. Photo: Simon Song

Wen dropped references to "developing the economy", "improving people's livelihoods" and "facilitating democracy" in the two cities, a feature of previous reports.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:09am

Live updates of China's annual NPC meeting: behind the scenes and more

Zhang Yu, a delegate  from Chongqing, poses for a photo. Photo: Simon Song

Continuous updates of China's annual week-long legislative session in Beijing, from China-watchers and SCMP journalists at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

Premier Wen Jiabao.

NPC begins with work report

5 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Wen Jiabao: the people's champion or a chameleon

Whether meeting foreign leaders such as Barack Obama or mingling with the masses, Wen Jiabao was keen to show his grass-roots credentials. Photos: Xinhua, AFP, AP; illustration: Sarene Chan

Sympathisers and admirers say he has been a true reformer and the "people's premier". Opponents question his sincerity because he has often failed to live up to his reformist pledges and meet public expectations.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:35am 4 comments

Beijing considers property tax to curb home market

Wen Jiabao. Photo: Xinhua

The central government has issued a fresh warning that it will roll out a property tax trial across the nation to rein in any sharp rises in home prices. In the latest sign that it remains determined to keep the lid on prices, the State Council announced yesterday after a meeting chaired by outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao that it would stick with austerity measures to ensure healthy growth of the housing sector. The warning comes in the wake of recent price rises.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:19am

Clean air to breathe is a human right, too

Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao addressed Beijing's air pollution problem only in passing when soliciting views on his last government work report. Photo: Xinhua

After days of being shrouded in heavy smog, Beijing residents woke up on Friday to spectacular blue skies.

But they had the heavenly Lord rather than "Grandpa Wen" (the nickname of Premier Wen Jiabao ) to thank for the respite after strong winds overnight blew away the pollutants.

4 Feb 2013 - 5:09am 6 comments

Briefs, February 3, 2013

More than 50 people have been killed on mainland roads in four major accidents since Friday, as hundreds of millions journey home for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:19am

Wen Jiabao says property tax reform needs serious study

A property tax has sparked controversy on the mainland. Photo: AFP

Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday that property tax reform should be studied "in the medium to long run", suggesting a plan to expand a tax trial might be delayed.

It's the first time Wen has given a slightly clearer timetable for expanding a property tax trial imposed in Shanghai and Chongqing on a limited basis.

16 Jan 2013 - 3:41am

Things are already looking up above and on ground for 2013

Premier Wen Jiabao

In 2012 we spent much of the year raging about illegal car parking, Hong Kong's dirty air, the Shek Kwu Chau incinerator, the legal system, banks and their travails, the politics of illegal structures and local politics. What can we say about the year ahead?

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Reform is impossible when the reformers are losing so much

Xi Jinping

China's incoming President Xi Jinping, outgoing premier Wen Jiabao and former central bank governor Dai Xianglong have a couple of things in common.

Over the past few months, all three have been embarrassed by articles in the international media detailing the vast fortunes amassed by family members during their periods in high office.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:36am 1 comment