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Wen tops list of influential leaders

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Premier Wen Jiabao is the most influential leader shaping global politics in 2010, a leading think tank said in a report released on Wednesday.

The New York-based Eurasia Group attributed Wen's ranking to his success in guiding China through the worst of the economic crisis last year.

Wen is followed on the "Leaders to Watch in 2010" list by US President Barack Obama; Ichiro Ozawa, former president of the Democratic Party of Japan; David Cameron, leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party; Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani; Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani; Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin; Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates; and Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Eurasia noted that Wen now faces the challenges of shifting policy from stimulating the economy to containing inflation and preventing asset bubbles.

It said Wen, together with Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, will be instrumental in shaping the 12th Five-Year Plan, China's economic development blueprint through 2015.

Scholars said Eurasia's report, to some extent, reflects public opinion in Western countries, where people are most concerned about the economic crisis.

Fu Mengzi, a researcher on American studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said: "The rating shows the world's acknowledgment of China's strength and position as well as the expectation of the nation's further active engagement in pushing forward economic development."

He added that no matter what hope the outside world pins on Beijing, the country will follow its own economic development plan at its own pace.

The report also said this year may define the presidency of Obama as he faces diminished approval ratings, high unemployment, a massive deficit, and poor prospects for the Democratic Party in mid-term elections in November.

It pointed out that Washington's increasing tension with Beijing, a complicated withdrawal from Iraq, the challenge of securing Afghanistan, and concern for domestic safety will keep Obama engaged on safety and foreign policy issues.


1. Who is top leader to watch in 2010?

2. Who is named 2nd on the list?

3. And who is also instrumental in shaping the 12th five year plan?


1. Wen Jiabo.

2. Obama.

3. Vice-Premier Li Keqiang.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Wen tops list of influential leaders

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Wen tops list of influential leaders

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.