Hu Chunhua, currently Party Secretary of Inner Mongolia, and tipped to be a major player in the Sixth Generation of leaders of the CPC, is to take over the running of Guangdong province according to Reuters.
Another rising star, Sun Zhengcai, is expected to succeed disgraced Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai. Sun is a former agriculture minister and current Jilin party secretary.
“Hu Chunhua and Sun Zhengcai are very young and being groomed to become (the country’s) sixth-generation leaders” after the governments headed by Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and president-designate Xi, one source told Reuters, requesting anonymity to prevent repercussions for discussing secretive elite politics.
Sun and Hu, both 49, are emblematic of younger officials of humbler backgrounds who stand apart from the refined, urban backgrounds of the likes of Xi and other so-called “princelings” – the descendants of former senior revolutionary leaders.
The scale of the potential problems that both provinces place at the feet of their new rulers demonstrates the high regard with which both Sun and Hu are held within the upper ranks of the Party.
“Now he’s given the task of Chongqing to clean up the mess. That’s a very challenging task obviously,” [Joseph Cheng, professor of political science at City University of Hong Kong] said of Sun. “The same applies to Hu Chunhua. Guangdong is a big province with a lot of potential to show that he can secure a good performance.”
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