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.
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.Friday, 27 June, 2008, 12:00am
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, 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
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
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
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
Professor pans censors for letting 'wrong ideas' slip in5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
Time will tell if Guangdong's new boss can put his money where his slogans are15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
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
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