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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. 

 

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.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 8:58am

Premier Wen Jiabao calls for clear euro-zone debt plan

Premier Wen Jiabao called on major economic institutions to come up with a clear and reliable plan to solve the euro-zone debt crisis, while pledging that China will assist in Europe's recovery.

In a speech at the opening ceremony of the Asia-Europe Summit in Vientiane, Laos, yesterday, Wen also urged co-operation between the two sides on the use of water resources and forestry.

6 Nov 2012 - 12:07pm

Chinese and Japanese diplomats to continue talks over islands

Chinese and Japanese diplomats who met in Wuhan , the capital of Hubei province, over the past two days agreed to continue dialogue to improve bilateral ties, battered by a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Premier Wen Jiabao calls for party probe into claims of family's 'hidden fortune'

The communist party leadership has launched a probe into the alleged family wealth of Wen Jiabao at the premier's request, according to sources. In a letter submitted to the Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body of which the premier is also a member, Wen asked for a formal inquiry into claims made by The New York Times.

6 Nov 2012 - 7:33am 3 comments

Talking Points

Wen to address Asia-Europe summit

5 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

Websites often critical of Beijing challenge report on Wen Jiabao's family wealth

Independent media based in free democracies are usually quick to jump on sensational scandals involving political leaders.

2 Nov 2012 - 2:16pm 3 comments

New York Times' effort to 'smear' China 'doomed to fail'

China yesterday warned its critics they were "doomed to failure", as Beijing confirmed the family of Premier Wen Jiabao had employed lawyers to help fight The New York Times following a report about the family's wealth.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:06am 7 comments

China critics 'doomed to failure' as Wen seeks lawyers

China on Monday warned its critics they were “doomed to failure” as Beijing confirmed that Premier Wen Jiabao’s family had employed lawyers to help fight The New York Times.

29 Oct 2012 - 8:14pm 3 comments

Wen Jiabao's family 'unlikely to sue' New York Times

Legal action threatened against The New York Times by two mainland law firms representing the family of Premier Wen Jiabao is unlikely to occur in the near future as the potential consequences would be detrimental to the premier, experts say.

29 Oct 2012 - 7:42am 9 comments

Wen's opportunity for openness

For decades, overseas media have run countless articles containing serious allegations of political and commercial corruption against high-ranking Chinese officials. But for reasons beyond comprehension, mainland authorities and the officials singled out in such articles have rarely attempted to respond publicly to the allegations.

30 Oct 2012 - 7:19am 3 comments

Wen woes 'a chance for party renewal'

The unprecedented statement defending the family of Premier Wen Jiabao against allegations concerning their wealth was a chance for the leadership to tackle corruption that lies at the heart of the Communist Party's legitimacy crisis, political analysts say.

29 Oct 2012 - 7:47am 3 comments

Wen's lawyers in spotlight for rebuttal of NYT story

A rebuttal by the family of Premier Wen Jiabao following a New York Times report about his family's wealth has cast a spotlight on lawyers from two of China's top law firms.

29 Oct 2012 - 8:17am 1 comment

Who said it?

The road ahead is full of challenges. But this is a team which I hope will be able to meet those challenges

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after rejigging his cabinet

 

It's more like a public oath or some act of public relations

29 Oct 2012 - 1:52am

Wen Jiabao's family says claims of hidden fortune are 'lies'

Premier Wen Jiabao's family hit back last night at The New York Times for its explosive exposé about his family's wealth, rejecting several of the article's central claims as "untrue".

28 Oct 2012 - 12:49am 3 comments

Statement from lawyers of Premier Wen Jiabao's family obtained by the Sunday Morning Post

(Translation)

Authorized Statement

28 Oct 2012 - 10:05am