THE Chinese Communist Party Secretariat has been given new powers to enforce discipline and to strengthen party cells at all levels. Newly-appointed member of the secretariat, Wu Bangguo, has been put in charge of party construction, organisational matters and the breeding of a new crop of 'trustworthy' leaders. It is expected that Shanghai mayor Huang Ju, who took over from Mr Wu as party secretary of the East China metropolis yesterday, will strictly follow the central leadership's new emphasis on ideological control. Party sources said that the secretariat, which was a relatively passive administrative body under former party chiefs Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang, would now play a more aggressive and ideologically oriented role. With the induction of Mr Wu and former party boss of Shandong Jiang Chunyun, the secretariat has seven members, the largest since the late 1980s. Five of the seven - Mr Wu, Politburo Standing Committee member Hu Jintao, Propaganda Chief Ding Guan'gen, Head of the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection Wei Jianxing, and President of the Supreme People's Court Ren Jianxin - have portfolios dealing with discipline, personnel and ideological promotion. Sources said in his unpublicised address to the just-ended fourth plenum of the Central Committee, President Jiang Zemin pointed out that the reinvigoration of party organisations and strict enforcement of discipline was a 'matter of life and death' for the party. Mr Jiang pledged to devote more resources to train ideologically correct cadres and to boost the 'cohesiveness and combat-readiness' of party cells. The sources said the president, who is also party General Secretary, had decided to expand the secretariat and give it more power to combat errant tendencies among local party organisations and party members. Mr Wu, who enjoys the support of Mr Jiang and conservative party elder Chen Yun, is considered an ideal politician to wield the axe over cadres with 'bourgeois-liberal' tendencies. In today's editorial, the People's Daily spells out the task for the secretariat and other disciplinary units: 'persist in and improve democratic centralism; strengthen and improve the building of the party's grass-roots organisations; train and promote leading officials with political integrity and ability'. Sources in Shanghai said the new party boss, Mr Huang, was a suitable leader for enforcing a tight ideological regime over his relatively liberal city. In the first two years after the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Mr Huang helped then Shanghai party boss Zhu Rongji defuse the challenge of underground dissident rings. While conservative in ideological matters, Mr Huang, who has good connections with Western and Hong Kong businessman, is deemed a liberal in economic matters.