The great-grandson of late Marshal Ye Jianying has been named a member of the Communist Youth League's Guangdong provincial committee, making him one of the first fourth-generation descendants of a party revolutionary veteran to emerge on the political stage.
Ye Zhonghao, the 30-year-old secretary of the league's committee in Yunfu , was also "elected" as a delegate to the league's national congress during its Guangdong provincial congress late last month, the online version of People's Daily reported yesterday.
The Ye family has wielded enormous political and economic influence for decades, in the national government, the military and in its power base in Guangdong. Even though Ye Zhonghao, the son of former Guangdong governor Ye Xuanping, is only a county-level official, his latest appointment has attracted attention from political observers at home and abroad.
Prominent political families often secure top posts in the government or the army for younger members to safeguard their business interests.
The news of Ye's appointment came after Deng Zhuodi , 28, the grandson of late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping , was named deputy head of Pingguo county in Baise , Guangxi .
Ye became an assistant to Chen Zuoquan , the head of Yunfu's Luoding county, in July 2009, a few years after finishing a business degree at Sun Yat-sen University. He was promoted to deputy head of the city's economic planning bureau.
At a rare, high-profile gathering to bid farewell to such a low-ranking official, Luoding party boss Chen Min praised him, saying: "Comrade Ye Zhonghao readily forwent the cosy working environment around the Pearl River Delta region and chose to work in such a mountainous area."