Hu Chunhua raised political eyebrows with how quickly he rose from a staff position with the Communist Youth League in Tibet to become party chief of Inner Mongolia. He now stands a chance of entering the Politburo after surviving two major scandals - the tainted milk formula furore; and Mongolian protests over a hit-and-run - that would have cost many top politicians their jobs.
Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua vows to stick with existing policies
Guangdong must reach consensus to speed up development, says provincial party chief
Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua pledged continuity and consistency while touching on his policy vision for the province for the first time since assuming the position last month.
Speaking yesterday at the second plenary session of the 11th Guangdong Provincial Party Committee in Guangzhou, Hu, formerly the party secretary of Inner Mongolia, vowed to continue existing policies still in the works or pending for Guangdong.
"Do not think that a new party secretary will necessarily yield new vision. The planned work laid out and promoted by the provincial party committee must be continued," he said, adding that no existing policies would be overturned.
He also emphasised the need to continue "emptying the cage and letting the right birds in" - referring to an initiative launched by his predecessor, Wang Yang , to transfer low-tech, labour-intensive and highly polluting industries out of the Pearl River Delta region.
Hu said the undertaking must be continued and properly carried out, so industries that remain in the delta may enjoy the fruits of their efforts.
Hu also said Guangdong must form "a consensus of urgency to speed up development" because of mounting economic challenges and competition.
He warned that, if implementation efforts were not stepped up, grand or ambitious plans would be at risk of staying on paper or in people's heads rather than being carried out.
Commenting on Hu's first policy address in Guangdong, local historian and philosopher Yuan Weishi said Hu displayed the right attitude.
"Keeping it low-key is the right approach for him, especially for someone coming from a [less-developed] region to the most economically advanced province in China," Yuan said.
Yuan said Hu would be much better received by Guangdong this way, rather than if he were to start by "randomly giving new orders".
Dr Peng Peng , a senior researcher at the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, did not believe that Hu had completely unveiled his full policy vision yet.
"I think he will deliver a more complete view - of how Guangdong should be run - by this weekend," Peng said.
"Hu [probably] intends to reposition Guangzhou's scope of development to be on par with Beijing and Shanghai, instead of comparing it with competitors such as Tianjin or Shenzhen," Peng said.
He also said Hu was likely to want Guangzhou to take a leading role, as the provincial capital, to push for economic development across Guangdong.