Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Talks Like a Bold Reformer

A top leader calls loud and clear for reform
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Photograph by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

What’s up with China’s Wen Jiabao? Just months before his retirement and after a decade serving as China’s top economic policy-maker, the premier is shaking up the already jittery status quo among the country’s rulers. And he’s doing it in that most sensitive of periods in China’s political life—the run-up to a Communist Party Congress, which will see a shift to a new generation of leaders, usually a time where caution, above all, is the byword.

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