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.
When things go wrong in banks, you can screw up the whole economy rather than just shareholders' interests
Adair Turner of Britain's banking regulator
The co-operation between Chongqing and Guangdong is very friendlyTuesday, 13 December, 2011, 12:00am
Long-time political rivals Wang Yang and Bo Xilai - the Communist Party bosses of Guangdong and Chongqing, respectively - put on a show of harmony in Beijing on the weekend in an apparent effort to dispel rumours of fierce competition before a leadership reshuffle expected next year.13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Guangdong party chief Wang Yang warned yesterday of 'a worrying trend' of sensationalism in reports by the local media, generally considered the most progressive on the mainland.1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Guangdong's party chief Wang Yang has promised to bring back the spirit of reform in the southern province, in an apparent attempt to repair the tarnished image of the region in the wake of a recent string of negative events24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
How could a model village become the scene of bloody rioting that left dozens of people injured and police vehicles smashed and overturned?7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
We respect the concerns raised by the bills committee ... and will conduct a two-month consultation under the current government proposal
Chief Secretary Henry Tang, doing a U-turn on the by-election bill
I did not intend to kill her, but I am responsible for her death5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Guangdong will soon roll out concrete measures to protect the rights and interests of migrant workers and other disenfranchised groups, provincial party chief Wang Yang says in an online chat with the public.5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang said yesterday that Apple's iPad was helping him make better use of his time, and by using the tablet he could more easily access criticism from internet users.5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
The demolition of old buildings has been a critical issue for mainland governments for years, with too many disputes caused by forced demolitions and too many evicted residents left injured or dead.
That makes a major shift in demolition policies in Guangzhou, strongly advocated by Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang, worth keeping an eye on.2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai led a mass revolutionary song sing-along ahead of the Communist Party's 90th anniversary today. Political rival and predecessor Wang Yang told cadres not to be overwhelmed by flowers and applause and not to overlook public opinion.1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
In the teeming central metropolis of Chongqing it's as if the clock has been turned back in the last few years.
'Red' themes dominate television programming, university students go to work on farms and in factories to learn social values, and city leaders are trying to bring back the singing of decades-old revolutionary songs.30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Shanghai party boss Yu Zhengsheng has said he accepts 'independent candidates' who support communist rule, but warned them not to immerse themselves in Western-style democracy.25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Plans to integrate the economy of the Pearl River Delta, on the drawing board for nearly two decades, have received a fresh boost with Guangdong Communist Party secretary Wang Yang providing a new blueprint.6 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Guangdong party chief Wang Yang, a key contender among those vying for a top party position next year, showed off his populist touch by mingling with children just ahead of tomorrow's International Children's Day.31 May 2011 - 12:00am
The Guangdong authorities have rolled out the latest version of their 'Happy Guangdong Index' for public feedback and vowed to make it part of a new system to assess officials' performance.1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am