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. 


Premier Wen Jiabao calls for clear euro-zone debt plan

Clockwise from back row left: Norway's Jens Stoltenberg, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Slovenia's Janez Jansa, Cambodia's Hun Sen, China's Wen Jiabao and Laos' Choummaly Sayasone. Photo: EPA

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.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 12:07pm

Chinese and Japanese diplomats to continue talks over islands

Premier Wen Jiabao and Japan's prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, appear to give each other the cold shoulder yesterday at a summit between Asian and European leaders in Vientiane, Laos.

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'

Wen Jiabao asked for inquiry. Photo: AFP

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

Premier Wen Jiabao

Wen to address Asia-Europe summit

5 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

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

The New York Times said in a report that members of Wen Jiabao's family controlled at least US$2.7 billion worth of assets. Photo: AFP

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'

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: AFP

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

A woman reads The New York Times online. China blocked access to NYT websites after it reported Wen Jiabao's family had amassed vast riches. Photo: AFP

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.

5 May 2015 - 9:48am 3 comments

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

Wen Jiabao

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

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao

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'

Wen Jiabao visits an exhibition in Beijing on Friday, when The New York Times published an article on his family's finances. Photo: Xinhua

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

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?

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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 family hits back at 'lies' on hidden fortune

Wen Jiabao with his wife, Zhang Beili. Photo: SMP

Lawyers for Premier Wen Jiabao's family last night hit back at The New York Times for its explosive exposé about their wealth - the first time a top Chinese leader has issued a rebuttal to a foreign media report.

5 May 2015 - 9:48am 7 comments

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

Wen Jiabao (centre)

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

Photo: SCMP Pictures


Authorized Statement

28 Oct 2012 - 10:05am