Jiangsu governor Ji Yunshi has been replaced by his deputy in the latest in a string of leadership reshuffles at state and provincial level. Xinhua yesterday said Mr Ji would be appointed to another post. His successor, Liang Baohua, 57, had been executive deputy governor of Jiangsu for two years and was party secretary of Suzhou city in Jiangsu from 1998 to 2000. Unlike most provincial leaders who have a background in technology, Mr Liang, a native of Yichun in Jiangxi province, graduated in journalism from Fudan University. Speculation is rife that Mr Ji, 57, will become governor of Hebei, replacing Niu Maosheng. Jiangsu officials yesterday said Mr Ji had already left his post. A Hebei official confirmed a new governor would be appointed, but declined to say who had been chosen. Mr Niu, 63, a former water resources minister, was appointed Hebei governor in 1998 after state auditors found funds earmarked for flood-control projects had gone missing. Analysts said his political career was not at an end because he had been re-elected to the party's Central Committee at the recent 16th party congress. Mr Ji, a Jiangsu native, has spent most of his political career in the province. He was head of the Jiangsu provincial committee of the Party Youth League in the 1980s and was promoted to vice-governor in 1989. The reshuffle follows a series of major personnel changes surrounding the party congress. Former Hainan party secretary Bai Keming was appointed Hebei party boss last month and was replaced by Wang Qishan, former director of the State Council's Office for Economic Restructuring. In addition, Zhang Dejiang, former party boss of Zhejiang, became Guangdong party secretary.