PRESIDENT Jiang Zemin has intensified his personality cult as his political foes step up their efforts to jockey for position. Sources in Beijing yesterday said his speech to the fifth plenum of the Communist Party Central Committee, on the 'correct handling of 12 important relationships', was meant to show the President had the same stature as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The 10,000-character address was played up by all national papers, with the People's Daily devoting practically the entire front page to it. The sources said the speech was drafted by members of Mr Jiang's think-tank, which included a number of young Shanghai social scientists whom he has transferred to the capital in the past year. 'Jiang Zemin made detailed corrections to the draft,' said an informed source. 'Jiang wants it to be even more authoritative than Mao's famous 'On the 10 Major Relationships' in 1956.' Yesterday, the official media called on all cadres and party members to carefully study the document. The media claimed that the party chief had taken Mr Deng's theories 'one step further' to address new problems that had arisen in the wake of modernisation. The source added Mr Jiang was anxious to boost as well as speed up the Maoist-style personality cult around himself to better defuse challenges against his leadership in the post-Deng era. The politicians who could dispute Mr Jiang's supremacy include the former state president Yang Shangkun, National People's Congress chairman Qiao Shi and Mr Shi's predecessor Wan Li. Mr Yang, a former army strongman, has, since early this year, stayed out of the capital so he can 'network' in the provinces. The Chinese press yesterday reported Mr Yang had just spent 12 days in Hubei province. Although he retired from all positions in late 1992, the party elder was accompanied on his travels by Hubei party chief Jia Zhijie and Governor Jiang Zhuping. Xinhua (the New China News Agency) reported that Mr Yang 'held group sessions with grassroots cadres and the masses'. A diplomatic source said that during his tours of the provinces, Mr Yang had met with military officers on an informal basis. This is despite Mr Jiang's earlier instruction the former president should not consort with army personnel. 'Yang's long-time avoidance of Beijing, which is rare among party elders, can be seen as a protest against the Jiang administration,' the source said. 'In mid-year, Yang, together with anti-Jiang elements in the Army, criticised the President for failing to properly handle relations with Taiwan and the United States.'