As he does on many of his overseas visits, Premier Wen Jiabao began the first morning of his Australian tour with a 6am jog, making use of a park close to his hotel in Perth. He was quick to share his admiration for the country's clean air in an improvised speech delivered to Australian government officials later that morning. 'My room has a view of a river running to the sea,' he said. 'While indulging myself in the fresh air and bright sunshine of Australia, I have taken a keener interest in understanding the Australian people.' After meeting resource minister Ian Macfarlane, Mr Wen visited a metal operations plant and a university facility that researches technology for liquefied natural gas. There, he held a piece of frozen hydrate methane in his palm while a flame was placed over it to show how the gas is extracted using high temperatures. A soft-spoken man who often carries a slight smile, Mr Wen turned on his charm to a group of about a dozen students at Curtin University. He said he was an 'ordinary guy' born in 1942. He survived the war, cuddled in his mother's embrace, but his home, his grandparents' home and a school opened by his grandfather were all burned down. 'That is why deep in my heart I have felt strongly for two things,' he said. 'The first thing is we have to pursue peace. The second thing is we have to develop education vigorously. People say I'm a premier of the poor people. Actually, I was a poor man.' One Chinese student asked whether students who studied overseas should return to serve their country. 'Those who feel that the conditions for scientific research might be better abroad could also serve the country by other means, but in whatever scenario we have to bear in mind one thing: every one of us has two mothers. One is the mother who gave birth to you. The other is your motherland.' Mr Wen took only three questions and ended his talk with a bit of image building. 'If you come across your classmates asking you what the Chinese premier is like, I think you can tell them that he's a kind guy and he's kind to us as he is kind to the Chinese people.' Australia is the first leg of Mr Wen's tour. He next visits Fiji then New Zealand. He will end his trip on Saturday in Cambodia.