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.

Village poll nothing new, says party chief

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang yesterday played down the significance of the weekend's village committee election in Wukan, denying it was a political novelty and saying it was simply carried out according to existing mainland law.

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012, 12:00am

Clue to lost hours of runaway vice-mayor

Some light was shed yesterday on the mystery of just what went on during the hours Chongqing deputy mayor Wang Lijun spent holed up in a US consulate.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Consulate incident 'skirted disaster'

Chongqing Mayor Huang Qifan confirmed yesterday that his deputy, Wang Lijun, was being probed by the Ministry of State Security and said that an incident last month could have developed into a diplomatic crisis if Wang had stayed in the US consulate for too long.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

One man helps put thousands through school

For more than two decades, Zhang Kun has dedicated his life to helping underprivileged children get a shot at a better life through a proper education. Due to his efforts, the 66-year-old entrepreneur and former teacher from Dongguan, Guangdong, has earned the nickname 'Uncle Kun'.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Guangdong chief steps up bid to trim fat

Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang, a strong contender for promotion to the Communist Party's supreme Politburo Standing Committee at the leadership transition expected in the autumn, has stepped up his push for a smarter, leaner form of government in what is being seen as an attempt to bolster his support among the liberal camp.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Another testing time for embattled vice-mayor

Chongqing Vice-Mayor Wang Lijun (pictured), embroiled in political controversy, has not only become the talk of microblogs and media reports, he now appears on a college's entry exam.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Anniversary of Deng's tour hits the news

Guangdong media began a belated campaign yesterday to commemorate the famous southern tour of Deng Xiaoping in 1992.

But the timing of the stories, which come weeks after the 20th anniversary of the late leader setting off on his trip, has raised eyebrows.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Shajing gang arrests hailed by media

Guangdong media yesterday hailed an earlier crackdown on a criminal syndicate in Baoan District in Shenzhen, a day after the province's party secretary Wang Yang said the province would launch crackdowns on the triads.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Even if I am found guilty and jailed, the opposition's struggle will go on

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, on the campaign trail ahead of his verdict on sodomy charges

We will no longer fight an economic war. If Jiangsu province wants to surpass Guangdong, let them do it

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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.

Some analysts said Wang's latest remarks, regarding protests last year over land-grabs in Wukan, demonstrated courage and proved he was a liberal-minded modern leader.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

It takes a village to inspire millions

Stars glittered like jewels in Wukan's tranquil night sky. The sounds of Chaoshan opera echoed in the fishing village's narrow, stony alleys.

It was a calm, mellow evening, in stark and unexpected contrast to the fiery rally just hours earlier.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

More must be done to end disputes

State media has praised top-level intervention to defuse a high-profile revolt against local officials over a land grab in a Guangdong village. This may boost provincial governor Wang Yang's chances of elevation to the Politburo, but while it solved the immediate issue, the question of how the authorities will deal with such divisive land issues in future remains unresolved.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Resolution of dispute a boost for Wang Yang

The Communist Party's top newspaper yesterday lauded a compromise agreement reached between a Guangdong village and local officials that peacefully ended almost two weeks of conflict, giving its tacit backing to provincial party secretary Wang Yang , who is seen as a contender for elevation to the party's top decision-making body late next year.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Olive branch brings life back to normal in Wukan

Wukan villagers who have been protesting for days over land grabs and the death of a community leader called off a protest march yesterday after top provincial officials laid out a compromise offer while blaming the conflict on pent-up social ills.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wukan exposes the facade of Guangdong openness

A village in Lufeng, Guangdong, has become yet another powder keg of underclass fury in China. The simmering unhappiness over local officials' corruption and autocratic behaviour finally erupted into major unrest this month.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am