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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.

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

Saturday, 7 April, 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

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.

6 Mar 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