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. 


CRCC charges ahead in foreign lands

China Railway Construction, one of the world's top 500 companies, will be hoping not to kick an own goal following its involvement in Italian soccer club Inter Milan.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:54pm

Wen gets 'F' grade for last media date

A former top aide to late deposed Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang gave Premier Wen Jiabao an 'F' grade for his last nationally televised press conference, which aired in March at the end of the government's annual legislative session.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Job creation is top priority for the nation, says Wen

Premier Wen Jiabao has warned that the mainland faces a stark employment outlook and stressed that job creation is a top priority for the central government.

'The country's employment situation will grow more complex and severe,' Wen (pictured) told a State Council meeting in Beijing yesterday, according to a statement posted on the central government's website.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wen warns of more economoic hardship

Premier Wen Jiabao has conceded the mainland's economy has yet to see a sustained rebound and may face a prolonged period of hardship.

His warning comes two days after the world's second largest economy posted the weakest quarterly growth in three years.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing may ease controls to encourage investment

Premier Wen Jiabao's pledge to do something 'noticeable' and 'inspiring' soon to revive investor confidence in the mainland's economy has China watchers deliberating over exactly what the government has in mind.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wen casts a cloud over Beijing sale

Weekend warnings that Beijing would 'unswervingly' fight property speculation have cast a cloud over the proposed auction of a prime residential site there tomorrow.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The battle to rein in wayward local officials

Many people outside the mainland cling to the misconception that the Communist Party leadership, through its dictatorial rule, can easily overcome opposition and enforce difficult decisions for the overall good of the country, unlike politicians in the West, who have to pander to special interest groups.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Luxury shanghai hotels dump dodgy dim sum

Several luxury hotels in Shanghai scrambled to throw out dim sum made by a local supplier after finding out it did not have a licence.

Officials refused to renew the factory's production licence in May because of hygiene concerns at one of its plants.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

C.Y. Leung faces more questions on illegal structures

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Trust crucial for bilateral ties, Wen says

Premier Wen Jiabao called for enhanced political trust with India during talks with his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh yesterday as the two countries agreed to step up dialogue over defence and security matters.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Princeling manager to exit citic securities

Liu Lefei, a senior executive at Citic Securities, China's No 1 brokerage, is set to leave to pursue personal interests, amid growing concern on the mainland about children of top government leaders often taking up important positions at large state-owned enterprises.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

June 4 protests in three provinces

Elderly people have staged several protests in the provinces of Shandong, Guizhou and Fujian over the past month calling for the leadership to reassess its verdict on the June 4 democracy movement in Tiananmen Square 23 years ago, though experts are pessimistic a reversal is near.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

An incomplete life at home or on the road

Children who follow their migrant parents to cities have little chance of getting a complete education but their lives back home under the care of their grandparents could be far worse.

The plight of rural children - many of whom have parents working in cities - is the focus of this year's Children's Day, which China observes today.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wen's parting shot for private sector

Soon after Premier Wen Jiabao came to power nearly 10 years ago, his cabinet started to send unmistakable signals that China would boost development of the private sector as a key driver of economic growth by opening up greater space for private investment.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tighter control

Most see the saga of blind activist Chen Guangcheng as an international incident. I see it mainly as a domestic matter whose resolution is vital to our national interest as China evolves into an orderly modern state. Friends have advised me against speaking out on this case, given its sensitivity.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am