This Is No Way to Handle a Tragedy

Monday, April 7, 2014
Wen Jiabao

by Wen Jiabao

Like many of you, I have been following the story of Malaysian Airlines MH370 with a mixture of anger and frustration. And, like most Chinese, I have been shocked by the Malaysian government’s ham-fisted response to the situation.

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Wen Jiabao Awkwardly Trying to Keep Diamond-Studded Rolex under His Sleeve

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wen Jiabao

BEIJING — Wen Jiabao (pictured above) spent most of today fidgeting awkwardly in his seat, trying to keep his diamond-studded Rolex watch out of sight of the cameras, for fear of stoking rumors that he and his family are fabulously wealthy.

According to sources, Wen was shaken by the recent trend of Chinese netizens using Weibo to publicize and shame official extravagance but didn’t want to look penurious in front of his colleagues.

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Wen Family Sues New York Times for Under-reporting Hidden Wealth

Thursday, November 1, 2012
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BEIJING — Through a harshly-worded statement issued by their lawyer, the Wen family responded to allegations of hidden wealth in a recent New York Times article, calling the piece farcical and criticizing the paper for grossly under-reporting the family’s ill-gotten gains.

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Wen Jiabao Offers King Sihanouk’s Widow Condolences, Hospital Bill

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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BEIJING — As the late King Sihanouk’s body lay in state prior to its repatriation to Cambodia, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao solemnly presented the grieving widow of the country’s former monarch with a formal letter of condolence from the Chinese people.

He then, equally solemnly, presented her with a $450,000 bill for the medical treatment and lavish accommodation her husband had received as a guest of the Chinese government.

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