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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. 

 

Obama to dive into South China Sea turmoil

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.

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012, 5:07pm

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

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’

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?

I figure I better sell them pretty quickly because I am not sure how long this novelty is going to last

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 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

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

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 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 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

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