An up-and-coming provincial leader has called for a bolder experiment to promote reforms. Shaanxi Governor Cheng Andong blamed his province's slow development on the 'orthodox thinking' of some 'gutless cadres'. He said although Shaanxi boasted rich human and natural resources, the gap between his central China province and coastal neighbours had widened over the years. 'Why has the gap become bigger?' Mr Cheng asked. 'It is because some of our cadres still think in the old way and have no guts to reform when other people have already gone ahead and done so.' 'Some cadres would keep arguing even after cadres [in other provinces] have already tried the ideas,' he told the China News Service. 'A cadre is not a good one if he only knows to pick the apple before his eyes,' he added. 'A good cadre should know how to jump and grab apples which are higher in the tree.' Mr Cheng, who was elected a Central Committee member at the 15th Communist Party Congress, is considered a rising star in mainland political circles. Considered a protege of Vice-Premier Zhu Rongji, Mr Cheng was appointed Shaanxi Governor in 1994 and has been tipped for further promotion next March when the central Government will undergo a reshuffle.