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.

Happiness becomes the new party mantra

People on the mainland once idolised Mao Zedong as their 'great saviour' who dedicated his life to work for their happiness and well-being - an image burnished by the Cultural Revolution-era anthem The East is Red.

Thursday, 3 March, 2011, 12:00am

Shenzhen's economic zone will be preserved, Wen says

Premier Wen Jiabao has assured Shenzhen that its unique status as a special economic zone will be preserved.

He made the remark during a high-profile visit to Shenzhen from Friday to yesterday in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the special economic zone on Thursday.

22 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Guangdong party boss visits injured Uygurs

Guangdong authorities have vowed to find out who killed two Uygurs during a massive fight between Han Chinese and Uygur workers at a Hong Kong-owned toy factory in Shaoguan on Friday, local media said.

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Bad news not fit to print, say officials

No negative news. That is what Guangdong authorities have told local media they want to see ahead of politically sensitive anniversaries in a bid to silence dissent, which they fear could bring an atmosphere of social instability.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Holiday row highlights delicate internal affairs

Beijing's decision to stop local authorities from reinstalling the May 1 'golden week' holiday came at a 'rather intriguing' time - and highlighted the delicate relations between the central government and leaders in Guangdong - analysts say.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Shenzhen vote a tentative first step

Shenzhen's bold plans for democracy within the Communist Party got off to a tentative start yesterday with elections for its profitable land and housing bureau.

The plans to expand democracy among Shenzhen's party members, announced a month ago, aim to again place the city at the forefront of national reform.

27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Guangdong chiefs meet Net users in real-time forum

Top Guangdong officials tried to show they are hip to the internet age by meeting 26 high-profile online personalities from Shenzhen and Guangzhou at a real-time forum yesterday.

But some critics said the selected participants did not have much in common with most internet users.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Shenzhen chief rules out political reforms

Shenzhen, that pioneered the mainland's reform project 30 years ago, will not seek to experiment with political change as it did in the economic area, according to Wang Yang, Guangdong's new party chief.

Mr Wang, whose recent prominent advocating of 'thought liberation' prompted speculation on democratic reform, ruled out any such possibility.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Are we ready for the Guangdong challenge?

A party secretary of a province in China is a very powerful man. He is responsible for designing policies that will affect, on average, 100 million people - a power so immense it dwarfs that of many world leaders.

21 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Planning agency familiar ground for new chief

Zhang Ping was elected by the National People's Congress yesterday to head the mainland's top economic-planning agency.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Wen supports call for 'thought liberalisation'

Premier sees Guangdong's proposal as 'magic tool' to meet party goals

Premier Wen Jiabao added weight yesterday to Guangdong leaders' calls for 'thought liberalisation' by stressing that it was much needed if the province is to maintain its pioneering position in the nation's reform and modernisation drive.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Professor pans censors for letting 'wrong ideas' slip in

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Populist moves to keep giant on its toes

Time will tell if Guangdong's new boss can put his money where his slogans are

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Delta project blamed for harming career

Poor policies are partly to blame for former Guangdong party secretary Zhang Dejiang's failure to be promoted at the Communist Party's 17th National Congress in October, a political analyst says.

The insider said Mr Zhang, who was appointed Guangdong party secretary in 2002 and replaced by former Chongqing party chief Wang Yang last month, lost points in two areas.

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Guangdong's new party chief sets out targets

New Guangdong party chief Wang Yang made his debut before provincial officials with a rallying call for the province to pioneer President Hu Jintao's concept of scientific development while maintaining its robust economic growth, the Nanfang Daily reported yesterday.

27 Dec 2007 - 12:00am