Vice-president bolsters Shanghai party chief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 May, 2007, 12:00am

Vice-president Zeng Qinghong paid a visit to Shanghai - two weeks ahead of a key party meeting that is expected to announce more leadership changes for the municipality.

The Shanghai-based portal showed a video of Mr Zeng visiting the city last Thursday and Friday when he was accompanied by the city's new Communist Party boss, Xi Jinping , and Mayor Han Zheng. The video showed Mr Zeng telling the Shanghai leaders to further develop the economy and improve training for party cadres.

Xinhua said Mr Zeng urged Shanghai leaders to continue to develop Pudong district and strengthen the city's leading role in China's national development.

Mr Zeng's Shanghai visit was part of a tour that also took him to Jinggangshan in Jiangxi province and Yanan , Shaanxi province , where he visited party training bases for cadres, according to a report by state television last night.

The vice-president is in charge of party affairs such as personnel and cadres' training. It was also widely reported that Mr Zeng played a key role in the appointment of Mr Xi as Shanghai's party secretary in late March. Mr Zeng's visit appeared to be a show of support for Mr Xi, and coincided with preparations for a party meeting to be held later this month. Speculation was rife that more personnel changes would be announced at the meeting, helping Mr Xi consolidate his power in the city.

The Communist Party has set up cadre training schools in Jinggangshan, Yanan and Shanghai - all historic sites for the party - to promote the revolutionary tradition of the party.