Hu Chunhua

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. 

Hu Chunhua's ¥670b plan to develop Guangdong's backwaters

Guangdong's party chief Hu Chunhua. Photo: Simon Song

Seven months into his tenure as Guangdong's party chief, Hu Chunhua is betting that uplifting the province's less-developed regions can serve as an engine to rejuvenate the battered local economy.

Saturday, 17 August, 2013, 3:28am 1 comment

Guangdong's greener future

Guangdong's greener future

Long China's leading economic region, Guangdong is at risk of being surpassed soon by Jiangsu . Stronger in innovation, Jiangsu has been growing faster. Yet, at the same time, parts of the Pearl River Delta are still going strong.

1 Jun 2013 - 1:36am

Hu Chunhua: Heading to the top via Guangdong?

Illustration: Henry Wong

New Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua, who marks 100 days in the job today, has taken an ultra-low-profile approach to getting to grips with the complicated province.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Guangdong party boss Hu Chunhua keeps his cards close to his chest

Hu Chunhua. Photo: Reuters

On the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing last week, Hu Chunhua answered just one question from more than 200 journalists representing some 140 media organisations at an open session for Guangdong delegates.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:41am

Zhou Qiang's new role as the top judge is largely symbolic

Zhou Qiang (centre, back row) is congratulated by other deputies after being elected president of the Supreme People's Court at the National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai, both three years younger than the 52-year-old Zhou, have now eclipsed him on the political stage after joining the 25-member Politburo, and are in pole position to become the core of the party's sixth-generation leadership.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:01am

Hu Chunhua eager to maintain Guangdong's engine of growth

Hu Chunhua

Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou remain the top three cities on the mainland in terms of economic status and living standards.

But Guangdong's new Communist Party chief, Hu Chunhua, is worried that the southern city may be losing its glamour and becoming increasingly irrelevant.

2 Feb 2013 - 5:47am 2 comments

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua vows to stick with existing policies

Guangdong party secretary Hu Chunhua

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.

18 Jan 2013 - 3:55am

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua 'handled newspaper crisis well'

Police try to remove banners from protesters at the headquarters of Nanfang Media Group. Photo: AFP

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua has shown flexibility in resolving the crisis at the outspoken Southern Weekly newspaper, following the approach of his predecessor in tackling emergencies, analysts said.

10 Jan 2013 - 10:33am

New Guangdong party chief makes first visit to province

Guangdong's new party chief Hu Chunhua meets with locals at Shenzhen's Lotus Hill during his first official visit to the province. Photo: SCMP

Guangdong's new party chief Hu Chunhua followed in the footsteps of president-to-be Xi Jinping when he headed to Shenzhen for his first inspection tour after taking over the powerful job from Wang Yang last week.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:20am

Who said it?

Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua.

It is fair to say Hu has accepted the idea of reform. But how far he will go is yet to be seen

Dr Peng Peng on new Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua


We know the road of music composition is full of hard work and bitterness … but we will march on courageously

Composer Wang Qiang


27 Dec 2012 - 3:55am

All eyes on Hu Chunhua as he takes over as Guangdong party chief

Hu Chunhua (right) at the end of his studies at Peking University in 1983, with a Tibetan military doctor at a Beijing forum. Photo: Xinhua

New Guangdong Communist Party chief Hu Chunhua is filling some big shoes, with his predecessor, Wang Yang, one of the most high-profile and outspoken politicians on the mainland.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Beijing confirms Zhang Xiaoming and Hu Chunhua in top regional positions

Zhang Xiaoming and Hu Chunhua

The new face of Beijing's leadership in the region came into focus yesterday as Zhang Xiaoming was appointed head of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong and Hu Chunhua was named to lead the economic powerhouse of Guangdong.

19 Dec 2012 - 7:50am 1 comment

Inner Mongolia party chief Hu Chunhua seen making Politburo Standing Committee in 2017

Hu Chunhua

The party chief in Inner Mongolia - a favourite to win a seat on the Politburo Standing Committee in the reshuffle that is five years away - has become the first cadre to pledge loyalty to the new leadership.

20 Nov 2012 - 7:24am

Next generation waiting in the wings

Hu Chunhua

The 15 new faces installed on the powerful Politburo include at least two politicians widely seen as candidates for top posts when Xi Jinping's generation leaves office a decade from now.

16 Nov 2012 - 6:16am

Rising stars clam up when quizzed by reporters on future prospects

Tianjin party secretary Zhang Gaoli. Photo: Jason Lee

As jockeying for top seats in the Communist Party's leadership entered the final days, several officials tipped as rising stars played it safe yesterday, ducking questions about promotions - or anything else sensitive.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am