Former weapons procurement chief lands top party post in Hebei
Zhang Yunchuan, former minister in charge of the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, has been appointed party secretary of Hebei , replacing Bai Keming , Xinhua reported yesterday.
Mr Zhang, 61, a Zhejiang native, is well versed in regional administration, having worked in top positions in Jiangxi, Xinjiang and Hunan before being put in charge of weapons procurement.
Meanwhile, Ling Jihua, a former political secretary of President Hu Jintao, is expected to become director of the General Office of the Communist Party's Central Committee, Reuters quoted two sources as saying.
'It's a very important job,' one source said, and was an indication that Mr Hu was in a strong position.
Mr Ling is widely considered to be a protege of Mr Hu. Previous directors of the office were concurrently alternative members of the Politburo, including Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice-President Zeng Qinghong .