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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. 


Things are already looking up above and on ground for 2013

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?

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 4:21am

Reform is impossible when the reformers are losing so much

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

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.

3 Jan 2013 - 9:04am 8 comments

Wen Jiabao visits Tibetan region hoping to cement legacy

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?

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

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

30 Dec 2012 - 2:36am

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

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?

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

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 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 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Wen to push for trade agreements at SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

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

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

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.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Premier Wen shows China's best face to the world

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