Wen Jiabao's entourage cancelled a planned briefing with Hong Kong reporters at the last minute after promising he would be available for a group interview. Hong Kong journalists were told the premier would personally brief them on his trip to North America. At least three journalists who planned to skip his visit to Harvard University booked flights and checked into hotels so they could hear him speak in Boston before leaving for Canada. After going through an hour-long security screening, reporters waited another 30 minutes for Mr Wen to appear. When he arrived, the premier spoke for only two minutes and then rushed out of the luxury Seaport Hotel. 'This is my first visit to the US,' he said as he left through a VIP exit. 'It is a very important visit and a very successful visit. I met with President Bush and spoke very earnestly on Sino-US relations and exchanged views with him. 'We reached a broad consensus: we both believe further developing our relations would not only benefit our two great nations but also Asia, as well as the world.' Reporters who had come to Boston specifically for the briefing were upset by the brush-off. 'I spent US$1,000 buying a special ticket and booking a hotel just to hear this?' said one reporter who works for a pro-China newspaper. Premier Wen ignored reporters' pleas for him to give them a little more time. The reporter said: 'I'm really mad and I want to complain.'