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.

Hu allies get top posts in rich provinces

The Communist Party yesterday appointed a close ally of President Hu Jintao as the party chief of southwestern powerhouse Sichuan province , in a string of key personnel changes also involving Guangdong, Chongqing and Anhui .

Sunday, 2 December, 2007, 12:00am

Wang Yang: Lack of education no barrier for self-confident Chongqing party boss

Few could doubt that Chongqing party secretary Wang Yang is made for big things.

The 52-year-old was a vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission from 1999 to 2003 and was in charge of macroeconomic development at the State Council before he was appointed Chongqing party boss in 2005.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Chongqing officials urged to nurture entrepreneurs

Chongqing's Communist Party chief has called on government officials to create a lenient investment environment for entrepreneurs and to encourage more innovative pioneering rather than simply setting restrictive rules, state media reported yesterday.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

No limits to boosting growth, says chief

Chongqing's new party boss wants the municipality to make the most of its special status, writes Josephine Ma

Chongqing has yet to make the most of its special status as a municipality and there are no limits to the experiments that can be attempted as long as they boost economic growth, says new party secretary Wang Yang.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

HK hopefuls for Chongqing posts

The city of Chongqing has shortlisted eight Hong Kong candidates for three government posts in its first attempt to recruit civil servants from the city.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing moves in to defuse dam crisis

Sichuan protests over compensation had become increasingly violent

The central government has stepped in to defuse a crisis in Sichuan province where villagers rioted over plans to build a dam that would force more than 10,000 of them off their land.

18 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Deng death hits Chongqing status bid

The status of Chongqing may be affected by the death of Deng Xiaoping who advocated vesting increased economic power in the city, Beijing political sources say.

28 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Bold call for faster growth

AN outspoken delegate to the NPC has made a bold call for fast-paced growth of the economy and pressed Beijing to quickly open up the interior to international competition.

10 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Legislators say Beijing stalls growth

SHENZHEN mayor Mr Li Youwei joined legislators in warning Beijing to curb restrictions on growth or see local economies suffer.

Regional members of the NPC said yesterday Beijing must delegate greater powers to the regional governments in order to realise patriarch Mr Deng Xiaoping's ambitious plan to quadruple the national economy before the end of the decade.

18 Mar 1993 - 12:00am