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.

Guangdong set for tough blitz in war on graft

Guangdong officials may have a hard time escaping the heat this summer, as provincial party boss Wang Yang appears poised to escalate his campaign against corrupt cadres - especially as it promises to further increase his political capital ahead of the 18th Communist Part

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

Graft-busting campaign hits smaller cities

Eight mid-level Shantou officials have been arrested for allegedly taking millions of yuan in bribes as part of an anti-graft campaign in Guangdong that analysts say is spreading to second-tier cities.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mister Nice Guy shows his steely side

Guangdong party chief Wang Yang has been hailed as a model modern leader for defusing tensions sparked by a land dispute in Wukan village peacefully last year by pursuing open dialogue.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Happiness campaign gasping for air in a sea of misery

None of Guangdong's outspoken newspapers were allowed to report the suicide of 40-year-old Guangzhou villager Li Jie'e, who jumped to her death on May 9 after the authorities took her into custody and illegally demolished her home to make way for a redevelopment project.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am


Guangdong standing committee take posts

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Anti-graft pilot plan 'may not be enough'

Despite praise for Guangdong party boss Wang Yang's promise last week of a pilot scheme to force officials to declare their assets, some experts said the programme fell short of what was needed to fight corruption.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

My wife has asthma and ... had pneumonia twice last year, triggered by bad air and irritation. So I say enough is enough

WWF Hong Kong chief executive Eric Bohm, who is leaving the city

We all know that the Philippines is China's inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wang Yang says the party can't make you happy

Guangdong party boss Wang Yang has called on the public to cast aside the long-held notion that happiness is a gift from the party and the government.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ousted village chiefs detained in probe

Eight former village leaders whose alleged actions sparked a peasant revolt in Wukan, Guangdong province, last year have been detained and are being investigated for financial mismanagement and irregularities involving land sales, an official provincial news portal reported yesterday.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Wang Yang latest to vow loyalty to top leadership

Guangdong party boss Wang Yang has joined a growing chorus of political heavyweights pledging their allegiance to the party's central leadership after the controversial ousting of Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai last month.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Keep a sober mind in fundamental matters of right and wrong, maintain a firm stance on main policy principles

Guangdong party chief Wang Yang's exhortation to officials

Hong Kong prides itself as being one of the freest cities in the world, in particular where the economy is concerned

Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chongqing model 'barrier to reforms'

A leading mainland economist and market-reform pioneer has criticised the so-called 'Chongqing model'' championed by its disgraced party leader, Bo Xilai , saying the policy was a setback for the rule of law and market economics.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Party chief encourages 'rich second generation'

Guangdong Communist Party secretary Wang Yang has written a 1,000-word letter giving encouragement to the 'the rich second generation' in the province by calling them 'creative successors'.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Outspoken liberal hero and close ally of President Hu

Outspoken, humorous and personable are descriptions that seldom spring to mind for Communist Party cadres - unless it's the Guangdong party secretary, Wang Yang.

His imperfect Putonghua, laced with a strong dose of his native Anhui accent, has proven to be no obstacle for Wang, a rising political star, in establishing his popular image of a hard-nosed reformist.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Guangdong governor urges more reform

Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan says resistance to reform comes from within government and has pledged to counter it with more transparency and civil rights.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am