Sun Zhengcai

Born in 1963, agricultural expert Sun Zhengcai was one of China's youngest government ministers when he was appointed Minister of Agriculture in 2006. He moved to head up the Communist Party Committee in the Northeastern province of Jilin in 2009, and became Party chief in Chongqing after the 18th Communist Party Congress in November 2012. He is widely regarded as a rising start in the Party's top ranks. 

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.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 5:01am

Rising star Sun Zhengcai named as party chief of Chongqing

Sun Zhengcai (second left, back) waves Hu Jintao as the president meets delegates at last week's party congress. Photo: Simon Song

The Communist Party has named rising star Sun Zhengcai as party chief of Chongqing, the epicentre of the nation's worst political turmoil in more than two decades.

Sources say Shanghai vice-mayor Tu Guangshao will soon team up with him, becoming the southwestern municipality's new mayor.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

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 in China's new Politburo

Politburo rising stars

Fujian party secretary Sun Chunlan is the only female provincial party chief. She is tipped to be party boss for Tianjin , one of the five national cities, in this round of reshuffles.

One of the few senior women cadres, 62-year-old Sun spent most of her career in trade unions and women's federations. Starting as a worker at Anshan Clock and Watch Factory in Liaoning in 1974, she then rose from director of the Anshan Women's Federation to become the director of Liaoning Provincial Women's Federation and the province's trade union in the late 1980s and the 1990s.

16 Nov 2012 - 7:16am

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