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Major reshuffle continues with new Tianjin Party chief

Source:Global Times Published: 2012-11-22 0:25:04

China continued with major reshuffles of provincial and ministerial Party chiefs following the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), with Sun Chunlan replacing Zhang Gaoli as secretary of the CPC Tianjin Municipal Committee Wednesday.

Sun, 62, former Party chief of Fujian Province, will head up Tianjin, a provincial-level municipality just over 120 kilometers southeast of Beijing.

Zhang, 66, was elected as a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

Addressing the meeting during which the CPC Central Committee made the announcement Wednesday, Zhang, who has been Party chief of Tianjin for nearly five years, told Tianjin officials to continue keeping an eye on his behavior.

"If anybody asks you for a favor in the name of my relatives, friends or staff, no matter if it is true or not, refuse them," he said.

The quote, widely circulated on microblog services, is in line with the report of the 18th Party congress, which vowed to intensify anti-corruption campaigns and warned officials to watch their family members and close staff. Former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, whose wife was sentenced to death with a reprieve for murdering a British citizen, was the latest example.

Also according to an official statement Wednesday, Liu Qibao, former Party chief of Sichuan Province, has been appointed as head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, replacing Liu Yunshan. Liu was also elected to the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

Wang Dongming was announced as Party Chief of Sichuan.

The CPC also said Wednesday that Zhao Hongzhu will leave his post as secretary of the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee. Zhao, 65, is currently a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

On Tuesday, Han Zheng and Sun Zhengcai were respectively appointed as Party chiefs of Shanghai and Chongqing.

Global Times - Xinhua

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