Premier Wen Jiabao warned Wednesday that ruinous turmoil that engulfed China in the past could re-emerge unless the country tackles political reforms, and he rebuked a populist fellow leader over a scandal that brought infighting among officials into public view.
China is putting journalists working for American news organizations under threat of expulsion after they published a string of investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist Party.
Twenty-four foreign journalists working for The New York Times and Bloomberg could be forced to leave the country in the coming weeks after officials stalled over renewing their visas.
While China has denied or delayed visas to individual journalists in the past, it is the first time that the staff of two entire organizations have been targeted.
Wen Jiabao, the former Premier of China who stepped down last spring, sounds scared. This weekend he wrote a letter to a columnist in Hong Kong denying any abuse of power during his rule, according to the South China Morning Post. But Wen hasn't been accused of anything yet.
China and Japan should face the global financial crisis together and create a new era in trade between the world's second and third largest economies, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday.Wen made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada who on Saturday laid out a list of trade grievances in strategic economic talks with Chinese Vice Minister Wang Qishan.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urged Japan to release a boat captain "immediately and unconditionally," state media said Wednesday, after his arrest in disputed waters set off a diplomatic crisis."Otherwise, China will take further measures," Wen was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency in New York, where he is due to take part in UN meetings and talks with state leaders including US President Barack Obama.