5 Provinces and Regions Dealt into Reshuffle Game
(Beijing) – Appointments to top government and party positions in several provinces were announced on December 18, marking a new wave of personnel reshuffles following the central leadership transition in November.
In total, five new party bosses were appointed to Guangdong, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Jilin and Shaanxi.
Hu Chunhua, Wang Yang
The appointment was the first time that Hu, a 49-year-old Hubei native, heads a southern region. He spent years in the Communist Youth League in Tibet, as governor of the northern province of Hebei and the party boss of Inner Mongolia.
Hu and Sun Zhengcai, the party chief of Chongqing who is also 49, are the youngest in the new 25-member Politburo.
Hu twice worked in Tibet. The first time was between 1983 and 1996, partly overlapping with Hu Jintao, the president, who was the party chief of Tibet between 1988 and 1992. Hu Chunhua worked there again between 2001 and 2006.
Then Hu headed party work in Inner Mongolia starting in 2009. In 2011, riots occurred in the autonomous region after an ethnic Mongolian herdsman was killed by a coal truck driver. Hu said during the November party congress that the government had punished the criminal, kept the incident from escalating and took lessons from it.
Wang published a farewell letter on the government's website as the reshuffle was announced, saying that by issuing opinions and suggestions, Web users had contributed to Guangdong's reform and development. It was unknown what the next post would be for Wang, who is also a Politburo member known for being reform-minded.
Wang Jun, Li Xiaopeng
Wang Jun, former governor of the coal-rich province of Shanxi, succeeded Hu Chunhua as the new party boss of Inner Mongolia.
Wang, born in 1952 in Shanxi, spent 20 years in the coal mine administration bureau in the city of Datong. He was a vice minister of the former Ministry of Coal Industry, and moved to Jiangxi Province to be the deputy party boss in 1999. He returned to Beijing in 2006 to head the All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives, a vestige of China's planned economy, and since 2008 has led the State Administrative of Work Safety.
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