Xi Jinping

All eyes on Shanghai as party holds talks

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2007, 12:00am

Shanghai will hold a key Communist Party meeting from Saturday, a gathering that will be closely watched for any personnel changes after the city's new party secretary took the helm last month.

The meeting of the Shanghai Municipal Committee would last two days, Shanghai Television and the government-backed Eastday website said yesterday.

The meeting also would offer a chance for new party secretary, Xi Jinping , to outline broad policies for Shanghai, foreign diplomats said. Mr Xi replaced Chen Liangyu , who was sacked for corruption last year due to his role in the misallocation of Shanghai's pension fund.

The meeting's official agenda will include a report by the Shanghai Commission for Discipline Inspection - responsible for investigations within the party - which might shed more light on Mr Chen's case. Representatives to a major national party meeting later this year also will be selected.

Observers originally had speculated that Shanghai's new party secretary would be named at this week's meeting. He was instead named last month.

Separately, state television yesterday reported that Premier Wen Jiabao would visit Shanghai next week for the annual meeting of the African Development Bank, which officially begins next Wednesday and run for two days. Mr Wen will be the highest-ranking leader to visit Shanghai since the corruption scandal broke last year.