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. 


Beijing urged to cushion euro blow

The World Bank has forecast China's economic growth this year will slump to its lowest since 1999 and called for monetary and fiscal easing to soften the blow.

Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am

Wen hints at more monetary easing

Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday the country would step up efforts to maintain stable economic growth, in a statement that many read as a signal for imminent monetary easing.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Welcome step to a free-trade region

A strong and united Europe has long been pivotal to global growth. Now that the region is clouded by debt and internal division, interest has quickened in harnessing the rise of Asia with new economic partnerships to promote growth.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The public was completely critical and distrustful of doctors. The industry's professionalism was under critical questioning. But amid the crisis, it was also the best time for reform

Professor Felice Lieh Mak, former Medical Council chairwoman

China has the confidence, conditions and capabilities to achieve this year's development goals

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

China needs to address the causes of June 4, not just seek its reappraisal

A rumour circulated on the internet late last month that Premier Wen Jiabao had suggested a reappraisal of the June 4 movement. Perhaps because of this, many more people posted online the infamous People's Daily editorial on April 26, 1989 that fatefully condemned the student protests as an anti-socialism upheaval. So I reread it. I'd read it so many times that I'd become numb to its content.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Time for leaders to declare assets

A call for mainland leaders to disclose their personal assets as a safeguard against conflicts of interest and corruption in government was first made at the National People's Congress 18 years ago, long before former president Jiang Zemin pushed for the inclusion of private entrepreneurs in the Communist Party. The idea has been repeated frequently since with little effect.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Case that will test commitment on rights

Beijing's handling of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng's purported escape to the United States embassy in Beijing will test its commitment to improving human rights and adherence to the rule of law, activists and lawyers say.

Yang Jianli, a US-based mainland dissident, said Chen's ordeal was a typical case of human rights abuse and violation of the law.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nothing to declare?

The extent of Bo Xilai 's business interests, now becoming ever more apparent in the aftermath of his downfall, has given new weight to calls for the mainland's leaders to disclose their assets.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

European visits help to build trust

There is every reason why China and Europe should be on the best of terms. Together, they can help surmount challenges and provide opportunities, to the benefit of both. It is why there has been a flurry of visits by officials of late and the agreements signed bode well for future ties.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wen letter gladdens Sars-struck estate

A housing estate badly hit by Sars in 2003 received a pleasant surprise from Beijing yesterday - a hand-written letter signed by Premier Wen Jiabao.

Residents at Amoy Gardens in Kwun Tong - which hosted the premier in June 2003 soon after the severe acute respiratory syndrome broke out in the city - said last month that they would be happy to receive him again.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I am not up to standard and I will do my best. As I am not up to standard, I need you all to continue to give me advice and support, and need the co-operation of the whole of society

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying, to his supporters at a thank-you party

He's a reformer. We know it, and I wasn't disappointed by his response

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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

Wen to extol China's policy in Europe

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wen's anti-graft article could point to Bo's fate

Premier Wen Jiabao is vowing more resolute anti-graft measures during his last year in office, according to an article to appear today in the party's mouthpiece magazine, Seeking Truth.

The timing of the article has prompted speculation that corruption charges may be brought against the disgraced former party chief of Chongqing, Bo Xilai.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A dressing-down for C.Y. Leung's wife

A steep learning curve lies ahead for Hong Kong's new first lady, judging by the sniping of fashion critics on her first official trip with husband Leung Chun-ying.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wen warns Leung to keep government clean

Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday urged chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying to maintain a clean government, amid an outbreak of corruption scandals surrounding Hong Kong's top officials. It is the first time since the handover that a state leader has placed such expectations on the city's most senior official.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am