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.
In the teeming central metropolis of Chongqing it's as if the clock has been turned back in the last few years.Thursday, 30 June, 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
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.
More than four decades on, the Communist Party is again projecting itself as a provider of xingfu - happiness and well-being.3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
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 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
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
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