PROMINENT journalist Zhou Ruijin, known for his bold views on China's reform, is to become the deputy editor-in-chief of the conservative stronghold, People's Daily. The posting of Zhou, a former deputy editor-in-chief of Shanghai's Liberation Daily, could indicate that reform-minded leaders are determined to regain control of the paper to give a boost to the reform drive. Zhou was known for a series of articles published in the Shanghai daily in 1991 under the pen-name of Huangpu Ping. The series was instrumental in pushing patriarch Mr Deng Xiaoping's campaign for a faster economic reform. Zhou had at one stage been tipped to be posted to Hongkong to head Ta Kung Pao, one of the major propaganda machines for the communists. But the transfer was halted because the news was leaked, according to sources. The posting of Zhou to People's Daily followed the retirement of its director, Mr Gao Di, seen as an influential figure in the conservative camp. Mr Gao was replaced by Mr Shao Huaze at the end of last year. Mr Shao was also made editor-in-chief. He was made a member of the Central Committee at the 14th Party Congress. Zhou is expected to play an important role in shaping editorial policy.