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. 


What Xi Jinping must do to root out corruption

What Xi Jinping must do to root out corruption

Upon his promotion to the post of general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and therefore the leader of China, Xi Jinping declared that one of his top priorities was to tackle corruption. This is welcome indeed. But his pronouncement lacks credibility.

Thursday, 3 January, 2013, 9:04am 8 comments

Wen Jiabao visits Tibetan region hoping to cement legacy

Premier Wen Jiabao tries on a Tibetan costume at a home in Yushu. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao called on monks in Yushu, Qinghai, to stay pure when he paid a visit to the earthquake-devastated Tibetan autonomous prefecture on New Year's Eve.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:35am 1 comment

Who said it?

Premier Wen Jiabao

Boosting his populist image seems to be the only thing he can do to make himself known

Analyst Zhang Lifan on a visit to earthquake victims by Premier Wen Jiabao


No government or chief executive can ignore the people's views just because he has the authorisation from above

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

Wen Jiabao unlikely to fulfil land pledge to farmers

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao is unlikely to fulfil his promise to introduce regulations to raise farmers' share of profits from land sales before his term ends in March after the National People's Congress Standing Committee failed to vote on a draft amendment to the Land Administration Law on Friday.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:15am

A bad year for ...

Henry Tang Ying-yen

Henry Tang Ying-yen

30 Dec 2012 - 2:36am

The best stories of 2012 from South China Morning Post

The best stories of 2012

It's been a year of unforgettable stories from Hong Kong, China and around the world.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:36pm

Wen highlights top six problems in Hong Kong for Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying briefs Wen Jiabao in Beijing in what was probably a swansong meeting for the outgoing premier. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao has urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to address problems in six areas including housing, poverty and the city's ageing population.

22 Dec 2012 - 8:39am

Who said it?

Departing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

I miss my compatriots in Hong Kong very much and I firmly believe the city has a bright future

Departing Premier Wen Jiabao


As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed

U.S. Olympic athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton on her newly revealed side job as a high-class escort


22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am

Wen Jiabao 'misses his compatriots' in Hong Kong

Wen Jiabao during his 2003 visit to Amoy Gardens. Photo: Reuters

Premier Wen Jiabao, who will step down from his post in March, offered an affectionate farewell to Hongkongers, saying he "misses his compatriots in the city very much".

22 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

Wen Jiabao fails to seal gas import deal in Moscow talks

Premier Wen Jiabao meets President Putin. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao returned to Beijing yesterday after visiting Russia, with leaders of the two countries vowing to deepen co-operation but still failing to reach final agreement on a massive natural gas deal.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Wen to push for trade agreements at SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (right) in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Premier Wen Jiabao is expected to make a push for economic and energy co-operation with a bloc of central Asian countries and Russia when he attends the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) summit this week.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:33pm

Time to come clean on family wealth

Premier Wen Jiabao has asserted his innocence over claims of hidden riches, but the speculation will continue until he make further clarifications. Photo: Xinhua

In April last year, veteran Hong Kong columnist Ng Hong-mun revealed that he had held a 90-minute meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing where they talked about political reforms and the upcoming chief executive election in Hong Kong. Ng, a former local deputy to the National People's Congress, said Wen invited him because of his "inspiring in-depth analysis" on issues.

3 Dec 2012 - 6:46am 3 comments

Chinese insurer Ping An hits out at Wen Jiabao report

China's government granted Ping An a waiver from a requirement that large financial companies be broken up in 1999. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese insurer Ping An threatened legal action on Monday after a report linked a key government decision about the company to shareholdings held by relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao.

5 May 2015 - 9:48am

Premier Wen shows China's best face to the world

Premier Wen Jiabao plays baseball with university students in Kyoto.

When Premier Wen Jiabao went overseas he would often seize the chance to show the personable side of the Chinese leadership to overseas audiences, who sometimes perceive it as stern and rigid.

24 Nov 2012 - 8:40am

Police clear woman over stopping Premier Wen Jiabao's motorcade

The police bureau in Zhaotong city, Yunnan province, cleared a woman of wrongdoing for stopping Premier Wen Jiabao's motorcade in September to petition him about land compensation.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:06am 1 comment