On the afternoon of April 26, 2003, at the
invitation of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra,
Premier Wen Jiabao left for the China-ASEAN leaders' special
meeting on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to be
held in Bangkok.
entourage are Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive of the Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR); Wei Liqun,
director of the Research Office of the State Council; Xu
Shaoshi, Deputy Secretary General of the State Council; Wang
Yi, vice minister of Foreign Affairs; and Wang Longde, vice
minister of Health. Also accompanying Wen to the meeting are
two of China's leading medical scientists: Zhong Nanshan, an
academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and head
of the Guangzhou Institute for Respiratory Diseases; and Li
Liming, director of the Chinese Center for Disease
Prevention and Control.