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. 


Taxpayers finally get to see where the money goes

Three weeks after an end-of-June deadline set by Premier Wen Jiabao, more than half of the 98 central government agencies have finally released this year's budgets for overseas travel, official cars and banquets, plus details of their actual spending last year.