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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