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. 


Who said it?

Premier Wen Jiabao

He is just filling the appetite of the Western countries

Professor Qiao Mu casts doubt on the sincerity of calls for democracy by Premier Wen Jiabao 


Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 3:03am

Wen quotes ancient poet to assert his integrity after wealth claim

Premier Wen Jiabao met overseas Chinese living in Thailand, telling them he valued personal integrity more than his life. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao has used one of his last overseas trips before he steps down to assert his innocence after allegations about his family's "hidden wealth", saying he valued personal integrity more than his life.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 5 comments

Sino-US stability helps the whole world, Wen tells Obama

Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao had their last meeting together during the East Asia Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday used his last meeting with US President Barack Obama to push for stability between Washington and Beijing’s new leadership.

In a wide-ranging meeting at the Asean East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, the two leaders discussed economic and security issues, including the growing territorial disputes between China and its neighbours.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:45am

Obama urges restraint amid Asian territorial disputes

 US President Barack Obama, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and China's Premier Wen Jiabao at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama urged Asian leaders on Tuesday to rein in tensions in the South China Sea and other disputed territory but stopped short of firmly backing allies Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in their disputes with China.

20 Nov 2012 - 9:29pm

Obama to dive into South China Sea turmoil

Barack Obama takes his seat between Wen Jiabao (right) and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Asean summit in Phnom Penh. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama was on Tuesday set to defy Beijing’s protests and use a summit to raise concerns over South China Sea rows that have sent diplomatic and trade shockwaves across the region.

20 Nov 2012 - 5:07pm

Wen Jiabao will try to steer East Asia Summit away from territorial disputes

The Chinese flag is prepared for a welcome ceremony in the Cambodian capital. Photo: EPA

Premier Wen Jiabao will be pushing economic co-operation as he meets counterparts in his last regional summit today - despite attempts to drive South China Sea issues back onto the agenda.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:29am

China opposes sea row ‘internationalisation’

China's Premier Wen Jiabao (centre) walks between Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (left) and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Asean summit in Phnom Penh on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told Southeast Asian leaders on Monday that negotiations to end territorial disputes in the South China Sea should only be held between claimant countries.

19 Nov 2012 - 9:56pm 1 comment

Who said it?

Greg Edmonds is selling Twinkies on the internet

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Greg Edmonds, a Texan selling Twinkies on the internet


The only correct option is [for China and its neighbours] to strengthen co-ordination and co-operation through the difficult times

Premier Wen Jiabao


19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am

Corruption drives calls for reform in China

The New York Times' revelations about premier Wen Jiabao's hidden family assets harvested little applause and mostly disbelief and indignation among Chinese readers. Photo: AFP

The claims about Premier Wen Jiabao's hidden family assets prompted Beijing to block The New York Times' English and Chinese websites, but many viewers scaled the Great Firewall to find the news. Ironically, this revelation yielded little applause and harvested mostly disbelief and indignation among Chinese readers in and out of the country.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am

Asean summit unlikely to seal code of conduct with China

Cambodian paramilitary officers stand guard at Phnom Penh International Airport as the country hosts the 21st Asean summit.Photo: EPA

This week's gathering of regional leaders in Cambodia won't witness a breakdown in talks between foreign ministers over the South China Sea, as happened at their last meeting in July, but nor is it likely to see agreement on the issue.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:31am

China does not want South China Sea dispute overshadowing summit

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying. Photo: Xinhua

A regional summit opening in Cambodia this weekend should not be overshadowed by a dispute over the South China Sea as the situation is under control and countries involved can resolve differences themselves, a top Chinese diplomat said on Saturday.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:54pm

Obama to meet Wen Jiabao and Yoshihiko Noda as islands dispute rumbles on

US President Barack Obama. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama will meet next week with the premiers of China and Japan at a time of high tensions between Asia’s two largest economies, the White House said Thursday.

16 Nov 2012 - 1:13pm

Wen Jiabao determined to bow out fighting

Premier Wen Jiabao pushes his reform agenda during a panel discussion of the Tianjin delegation to the congress. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao has made a final push for political reform before giving up his party leadership post, urging his successors to revive long-stalled efforts to develop democracy and promote the rule of law.

10 Nov 2012 - 7:48am 2 comments

China’s next premier, Li Keqiang, has mixed record

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang is expected to take over the reins of day-to-day government in March. Photo: Reuters

Li Keqiang, a bureaucrat with an easy smile but a mixed record, will step up China’s Communist hierarchy at this week’s congress on his way to becoming prime minister of the world’s second-largest economy.

Vice-Premier Li is expected to take over the reins of day-to-day government from his boss Wen Jiabao in March.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Foreign Ministry non-denies word that Wen Jiabao wants his family subjected to a corruption probe

Wen's son threatened legal action against the New York Times in response to the detailed report, but it looks now that Wen Jiabao may have decided to get on top of the allegations with a bit of a PR spin.

6 Nov 2012 - 8:58am