In the end artist-activist Ai Weiwei became a bigger embarrassment to the authorities when he was in jail than out of it. The international coverage of his release reflects that. He had become a symbol for critics of China's deteriorating human rights record.
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.