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. 


Leung tasked with cleaning HK image

To the surprise of many in Hong Kong, Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday weighed into the controversies surrounding the conduct of Hong Kong's top officials during a meeting with chief executive-designate Leung Chun-ying.

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012, 12:00am

Ruffling feathers

The countdown online was ominous. 'Ten days until real-name registration,' read a post from a Sina Weibo user nicknamed 'Linzongwei Piyan', which translates into an expletive. Microbloggers had for months been uneasy about the central gov-ernment's plan, announced in December, to have millions of users register their names and mobile numbers on March 16.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Does Wen really mean it this time?

It is time for private business to stand up and be counted alongside the giant state-owned enterprises if the mainland's economic rise is to be put on a sustainable path. But small- to medium-sized businesses are handicapped by lack of access to financing.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wen's late conversion to bank reform looks doomed to fail

It happens to politicians all over the world. As their term in office nears its end, they begin to fret about their legacy.

'What will people remember me for?' they ask themselves. 'What will the history books say about me?'

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bankers reject Wen's criticism

Premier Wen Jiabao's tough talk about breaking the monopoly enjoyed by the nation's state-owned banks has rattled executives at those lenders.

But sceptics wonder whether Wen has the power to push through change. He has the reputation of advocating reforms that do not always happen. Moreover, Wen is due to retire in less than a year.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Break the bank monopoly, Wen says

Premier Wen Jiabao says the central government is determined to break the mainland's banking monopoly, and if pilot schemes in the special financial zone newly set up in the southeastern city of Wenzhou prove successful they can be promoted and implemented nationwide.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wen, Monti pledge trade boost before key meeting

Italy and China yesterday vowed to boost trade ties as their leaders met in Beijing ahead of the start of key economic talks at the Boao Forum for Asia tomorrow, local media said.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leung hits streets to get closer to public

Three days after he won the chief executive election, Leung Chun-ying reached out to the public yesterday, with appearances around Hong Kong, in an apparent attempt at damage control after he was criticised for visiting the central government's liaison office on Monday.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Corruption is the biggest danger facing the party. If not dealt with properly, the problem may change the nature of, or terminate, the political regime

Premier Wen Jiabao

We look forward to even greater investment and growth here

A spokeswoman for Apple, confirming a visit to Beijing by chief executive Tim Cook (above)

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

In absence of facts, rumours of coup take centre stage

It is better to believe that it exists than that it does not. So goes a popular Chinese saying when it comes to speculation about the mainland's secretive power politics.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Peasants' land grabbed after Wen visit

An illegal land grab in Henan's Shangcai county has sparked an online outcry, with wheat fields destroyed shortly after Premier Wen Jiabao visited nearby counties and extolled the contribution of peasants to the nation.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

For Wen, it's too little, too late

Premier Wen Jiabao's latest commitment to protect the environment, made during the annual session of the National People's Congress that ended last week, has met with little fanfare.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

CE election linked to the drama in Beijing

Let's forget the heated drama of the chief executive election for a moment. I think a lot of people are missing the big picture here.

It is crucial to understand that the election is not decided by universal suffrage. It is controlled by a small circle of people - namely, some of the 1,193 representatives receptive to the commands of Beijing.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Leftist social critic finds microblog blocked

A leading leftist scholar on the mainland says censors have blocked his microblog account on Sina.com after Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai was ousted last week. It's another sign of a crackdown on conservative forces ahead of a key leadership reshuffle later this year.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bo's fall brings out his fans - and also the harsh critics

Two events, somewhat related, attracted most comments from the mainland press last week. One was Wen Jiabao's final National People's Congress press conference.

The other was the dismissal of Bo Xilai, the once high-profile Communist Party boss of Chongqing, one of the four provincial-level megacities.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am