Three new deputy directors have been appointed to Xinhua's local office. The deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Wang Fengchao, Xinhua's co-ordination department chief Zou Zhekai and Xinhua assistant director Chen Fengying will take up the posts. According to a Xinhua report, two incumbent deputy directors, Mao Junnian, 61, and Zhu Yucheng, 60, will have to step down. The report made no mention of two other deputy directors, Ulanmulun, 62, and Zheng Guoxiong, 65. It is understood they will stay. The recent reshuffle has cut the number of deputy directors from six to five. Sources said Mr Wang, also a member of the defunct Preparatory Committee, would take up retired deputy director Zhang Junsheng's propaganda portfolio. He is expected to fly from Beijing as soon as his legal documents are cleared. Mr Zou, a specially invited delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is an assistant director of Xinhua's local branch. He is understood to have been groomed by CPPCC vice-chairman and head of the party's united front work department Wang Zhaoguo. Sources said Mr Zou would assume retired deputy director Qin Wenjun's portfolio, overseeing united front work. Ms Chen is likely to take up Mr Mao's portfolio of culture and education. Xinhua chief Jiang Enzhu, rumoured to be ill, told head teachers and students yesterday to have good health, according to a news agency report.