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. 


A Bad Week for … , October 28, 2012

Premier Wen Jiabao

Premier Wen Jiabao

Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 3:10am

Beijing denounces report on Wen family's wealth

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: Reuters

Beijing reacted furiously yesterday to an overseas media report that Premier Wen Jiabao's family had accumulated massive wealth during his time in office.

5 May 2015 - 9:48am 6 comments

Untangling the Wen family's web of riches

Wen Jiabao with his family in earlier times. Photo: SCMP

The mother of Premier Wen Jiabao was a schoolteacher in northern Tianjin. His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao Zedong's political campaigns. And during childhood, "my family was extremely poor", Wen said in a speech last year.

6 Nov 2012 - 7:33am 11 comments

Lift the veil on wealth of top Chinese officials

The New York Times reported Thursday that Chinese premier Wen Jiabao's family had controlled assets worth US$2.7 billion. Photo: EPA

Mainland authorities blocked access to The New York Times website hours after publication of an investigative report about assets accumulated by the family of Premier Wen Jiabao, reprinted in this newspaper today. To contain any leakage, they also blocked mentions of Wen or the Times on microblogs.

27 Oct 2012 - 1:24am 2 comments

Beijing denounces report on Wen family wealth

Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: Xinhua

China’s Foreign Ministry hit out at a New York Times report on Friday which claimed that Premier Wen Jiabao’s family had amassed massive wealth during his term in office.

26 Oct 2012 - 4:45pm

Chinese censors block New York Times

China's Premier Wen Jiabao stands in front of a Chinese national flag as he attends a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in May. Photo: Reuters

Chinese censors blocked online searches related to the New York Times as well as the newspaper’s websites on Friday after it published an investigation on the wealth of the Chinese premier’s family.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:46pm

Beijing denounces NYT report on Wen family wealth

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his wife Zhang Peili in 2011. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s Foreign Ministry hit out at a New York Times report on Friday which claimed that Premier Wen Jiabao’s family had amassed massive wealth during his term in office.

5 May 2015 - 9:48am 21 comments

New York Times websites blocked in China after story on Wen family wealth

New York Times websites blocked in China after story on Wen family wealth

This marks the second major international media website to fall afoul of China's internet censors following a block order imposed against Bloomberg in late June this year.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:47pm 2 comments

Wen Jiabao's family riches

The current Chinese premier's mother was worth an estimated US$120 million (HK$930 million) in 2007, reports the New York Times, and that's just the beginning of the Wen family money trail.

26 Oct 2012 - 9:01am

Wen Jiabao says Chinese economy 'relatively good' as key Q3 GDP data due

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. Photo: Xinhua

Premier Wen Jiabao said the country's economic situation last quarter was "relatively good", but some experts still fear the bears could be back. "China's economic growth has started to stabilise," Xinhua cited Wen as saying in meetings he held between October 12 and 15 with industry leaders, company executives and some local government officials.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Wen Jiabao prepares for life of leisure by taking in play at Beijing theatre

A smiling Wen at the theatre in Beijing. Photo: SCMP

Wen Jiabao seems to be preparing for a lively retirement - even if he is still months from leaving public office.

Just days after taking on former members of the national basketball team, the 70-year-old premier turned up at the Capital Theatre last night to catch a new stage performance by the Beijing People's Art Theatre.

13 Oct 2012 - 12:14pm

Counting down to his retirement, Wen seeks to defend his legacy

Wen Jiabao's basketball game wasn't just for fun; it was aimed at polishing his populist touch, analysts say.

Who is the most athletic Chinese politician of our time?

Political pundits, who often struggle to assess party officials' prowess in the political arena, appear to have reached consensus that Premier Wen Jiabao could easily best any of his contemporaries on the field of play.

9 Oct 2012 - 7:14am

China must reform or risk crisis, experts warn Xi Jinping

Vice-President Xi Jinping (centre) is flanked by President Hu Jintao (right) and Premier Wen Jiabao at a National Day celebration last week. Photo: EPA

China risks economic malaise, deepening unrest and ultimately even a crisis that could shake the Communist Party’s grip on power unless its next leader, Xi Jinping, pushes through stalled reforms, experts close to the government have warned.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Wen Jiabao's visit to scene of Yunnan school tragedy puzzles observers

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pays a floral tribute to the 19 who died in the landslide. Photo: Xinhua

Over his 10 years as premier, Wen Jiabao has often been Beijing's first face on the scene when disaster strikes in some remote corner of the country. Many have appreciated his knack for turning a poetic phrase and showing compassion for victims.

7 Oct 2012 - 11:39am 3 comments

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Imran Khan

This is the only time ever in history that a country has been bombed by its own ally

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He is trying to salvage his image, but it's useless because we've seen his tears too many times

A historian on Premier Wen Jiabao's visits to disaster zones


7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am