Vice-President Hu Jintao has called for bold and innovative measures to promote young cadres ahead of the 16th Communist Party congress next year. Mr Hu urged cadres to make personnel changes ahead of the congress, which will elect the new leadership. 'Party committees at all levels must realise the importance and urgency of promoting young cadres,' Mr Hu was quoted as saying by the China News Service. Mr Hu was speaking over the weekend at a national conference for Organisation Department cadres, who are responsible for appointing party personnel. Analysts said Mr Hu's presence at the conference indicated that he was in charge of the group overseeing the reshuffle of cadres in the run-up to leadership changes, which will take place at the congress, scheduled to open next autumn. The Organisation Department is run by President Jiang Zemin's top aide, Zeng Qinghong. Mr Hu and Mr Zeng are widely seen as the leading contenders for the top party positions. Already 14 Chinese Communist Party committees at provincial level have been reshuffled through elections since September. Party committees in 17 other provinces and regions will make changes over the next eight months, Xinhua said. Meanwhile, top party officials in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, have warned cadres not to 'fabricate or spread political rumours'. The disciplinary and inspection committee at Chengdu passed a resolution on Saturday asking cadres not to 'make up or spread political rumours' that were detrimental to the party or the country's image, the Sichuan-based Tianfu Zaobao daily reported. Those found to have defied party instructions will be punished. The resolution also said it was vital for cadres to improve 'behaviour problems'.