Wang Yang

Hailing from one of the country's poorest provinces, Wang Yang lacks the revolutionary pedigree of the so-called "princeling" party leaders. Yet since taking office in 2007, Wang has led a far-reaching crackdown on corruption resulting in several high-profile convictions, including that of former Shenzhen mayor Xu Zongheng. He has also overseen a rise in government transparency, making the provincial capital of Guangzhou the mainland's first city to publish its budget.

Front runners emerge for vice-premier vacancies

Liu Yandong

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang, State Councillor Liu Yandong and State Council secretary general Ma Kai are front runners to fill the vice-premiership vacancies to be left by Zhang Dejiang, Hui Liangyu and Wang Qishan in March.

Friday, 16 November, 2012, 5:13am

Congress Briefs, November 15, 2012

US media snubbed at inner circle's debut

15 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Transparency calls at China congress face tough road

Officials give no road map for improving transparency in China, which has no laws that clearly require government officials to disclose their assets or salaries. Photo: AP

Pledges for more transparency by top Chinese Communist officials made after high-profile graft cases have been met with scepticism that corrupt leaders can come clean over their assets.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Guangdong chief Wang Yang dodges questions on promotion

Wang Yang during yesterday's discussion. Photo: Simon Song

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang downplayed his straight-talking, reformist reputation and reined in his lighter side yesterday amid speculation that he may miss out on promotion to the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee at this party congress.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:43am

China reformer says asset disclosure under study

Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, Wang Yang talks to the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photo: AFP

A rising political star with a reputation as a reformer says asset disclosure for Chinese officials will likely be slowly phased in as China’s Communist Party seeks ways to tackle corruption.

9 Nov 2012 - 6:23pm

Live updates: Day 2 of the 18th Communist Party Congress

Two service staff stand outside the Chongqing room at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the 18th Communist Party Congress on Nov. 8, 2012. Photo: AP

Updated at 4:30pm

Brother Li leaves

3 Sep 2013 - 12:58pm

Guangdong's Wang Yang more style than substance, some say

Illustration: Henry Wong

While Wang Yang has certainly left his mark as Guangdong party secretary, it is safe to assume the province's citizens will not be looking back on his tenure with the same reverence as they did when Lin Ruo left office.

27 Oct 2012 - 8:21am

Wang Yang, the party chief who transformed Guangdong

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

"Empty the cage and let the right birds in" was Wang Yang's main economic prescription when he became Guangdong's Communist Party chief in December 2007.

26 Oct 2012 - 7:20am

Migrant worker museum opens in Guangzhou

Wang Yang, Party Secretary of the Guangdong Province. Photo: Reuters

The opening of a 200 million yuan (HK$245.2 million) Museum of Migrant Workers in Guangzhou last week seems to have been designed to add the final gloss to Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang's bid for a seat on the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee at next month's party congress.

13 Oct 2012 - 8:10am 2 comments

Wang Yang

Wang Yang

Secretary of Guangdong Communist Party Committee

25 Oct 2012 - 4:12pm

Guangdong's liberal party boss Wang Yang may still be ahead of his time

Illustration: Henry Wong

Few benefited more than Wang Yang when the murder of a British businessman in a Chongqing hotel room late last year triggered a chain of events that ultimately ended the political career of the city's party chief, Bo Xilai.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:48pm

Who said it?

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung

Villainous ploys of hostile forces

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, describes three 'slanderous' blogs which have publicised a string of high-profile scandals


Reform is the fundamental solution. We shouldn't be afraid of risks

14 Sep 2012 - 2:20am

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang urges reform in late power grab

Guangdong's party secretary Wang Yang

Guangdong's party secretary Wang Yang has made a fresh call for reform in what analysts are describing as a last-ditch attempt to garner support for his ascension to the top ruling body in the National Party Congress.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:24am

Guangdong gets pioneering role in cutting red tape

Beijing gave approval yesterday for Guangdong to explore streamlining bureaucratic red tape, which may set an example for the rest of the country. It may also afford provincial party boss Wang Yang more leverage in political jockeying ahead of this autumn's party congress, analysts said.

23 Aug 2012 - 3:04am

Guangzhou daily omits sections again

The Guangzhou-based New Express newspaper was missing most of its regular sections for the second day in a row yesterday following the removal of its editor-in-chief on Monday.

Analysts and journalists attribute the move to tightened censorship ahead of this year's Communist Party national congress.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am