GUANGDONG, which has moved heaven and earth in the past 16 years in China's quasi-capitalist reform, is in a tough fight to maintain its status quo, according to sources in Guangzhou. A reshuffle of the province's leadership is expected later this year and the recent dispatch of anti-corruption investigators by Beijing there has sent shivers through the local administration. 'Who would take the risk when the heat is on?' A cadre from the hot spring city of Conghua said. 'But if we can't even wine and dine our guests, who will come to do business with us?' A source said party secretary Xie Fei and Governor Zhu Senlin were expected to be replaced. Changes in other senior positions were said to be in the offing. Mr Xie is tipped to be transferred to a senior job in Beijing. Mr Zhu, 65, who succeeded Ye Xuanping three years ago, is said to be under pressure to retire. Local sources say Beijing is set to give Mr Xie's job to an outsider, possibly a senior cadre from central China. 'Although Xie Fei isn't really a powerful figure, to have somebody else from outside is even worse,' one cadre said. Other leaders on the move include Guangdong propaganda chief Yu Youjun, Guangzhou party secretary Gao Siren, and Guangzhou Executive Vice-Mayor Chen Kaizhi. Although Mr Ye, now a vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is still being consulted on personnel matters concerning Guangdong, sources say his influence is limited. Personnel changes aside, analysts in Guangzhou said they were worried Guangdong would also lose out in the competition with other provinces as Beijing shifted its focus of development from the coastal seaboard to inland provinces. They said while Guangdong was desperate to upgrade its industry to maintain its competitive economic strength, it was facing strong pressure from Beijing to contribute more to help poorer provinces and offset apathy among foreign investors towards China. A key theme of the Ninth Five-Year Plan, to be endorsed in the forthcoming plenum of the Communist Party Central Committee, was narrowing of the gap between well-to-do provinces such as Guangdong and underdeveloped ones such as Xinjiang and Qinghai. Meanwhile, Mr Zhu was yesterday quoted by Xinhua (the New China News Agency) as saying the Pearl River Delta must restructure its economy. He reportedly said the area must invest in high-value farming, develop its petrochemical and automobile industries, and encourage the establishment of multi-national conglomerates.