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.
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.Friday, 25 May, 2012, 12:00am
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
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.24 May 2012 - 12:00am
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
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
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 goals14 May 2012 - 12:00am
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
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
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