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.
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 pMonday, 9 July, 2012, 12:00am
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
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
Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
C.Y. Leung faces more questions on illegal structures25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
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
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
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
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
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