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.
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.Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 6:24am
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 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
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
NPC begins with work report5 Mar 2013 - 6:36am
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
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
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
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
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