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.

Base reforms on 'Wukan way', party boss says

Guangdong party chief Wang Yang said the southern province would use the 'Wukan approach' as a template to reform the governance of villages and townships at the grass-roots level.