A new campaign against regionalism has been started by premier-designate Zhu Rongji by whipping Guangdong cadres into line. And the People's Daily has run several commentaries stating it was imperative cadres remained in 'the utmost unison' with the thinking of central authorities. Beijing sources said yesterday Mr Zhu made it clear on an unpublicised tour through Guangdong a fortnight ago that a top priority of the new administration he would head would be recentralisation. In talks with Guangdong officials, the economic chief spoke at length on the province's 'disorderly and lax' banking system. Mr Zhu reportedly said many loans in Guangdong had been authorised 'not according to market needs but based on the political connections' of clients. The Vice-Premier stressed that only central authorities would have jurisdiction over banks now. Touring Shenzhen, Mr Zhu criticised the local stock market's unsatisfactory performance, saying it had not done enough to provide Beijing with 'the adequate experience' for expanding experiments with shareholding companies. He called on local officials to strictly abide by Beijing's national targets, such as an eight per cent growth rate for this year. Guangdong was taken to task for failing to collect enough taxes for central funds. A Guangzhou source said the economic chief also examined the worrying law and order situation in the province. The source said Mr Zhu criticised a senior cadre for failing to 'put his own house in order'. Law and order in the cadres' home county had deteriorated to the extent that the People's Armed Police had had to be called in to restore order. Meanwhile, in a commentary yesterday, the People's Daily called on cadres nationwide to promote unity within the party and all ethnic groups. The newspaper commentary declared unity was needed to resolve problems such as the reform of state enterprises, unemployment and the elections of new administrations and legislatures nationwide. Last week, the paper called on officials to 'take into consideration the national situation' when making decisions.