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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. 


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

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.

Friday, 18 October, 2013, 5:06am

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

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?

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

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 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

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

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

Despite the 11 failures China’s outgoing premier Wen Jiabao openly acknowledged in his last work report on Tuesday, sources say he omitted another important one: failing to stop his children doing business in China.

6 Mar 2013 - 7:20pm 1 comment

Wen Jiabao era leaves promises to keep

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

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