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Younger officials fill key posts

(Global Times)

10:18, August 30, 2011

A recent series of personnel appointments made by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will bring younger leaders to key positions in various provinces and regions, and also promote official exchanges in different areas, said public administration experts.

Chen Quanguo, 56, was appointed Party secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region on Thursday, after serving as governor of North China's Hebei Province since last year.

Qin Guangrong, 61, took up his new position as Party chief of Southwest China's Yunnan Province last week, after serving as the province's governor for four years.

Qin succeeded Bai Enpei, 65, was elected a deputy director of the environment and resources conservation committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Friday, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Another provincial level personnel change has seen Luo Baoming, 59, become Party secretary of South China's Hainan Province, succeeding Wei Liucheng, 65, who was appointed as a deputy director of the NPC's Financial and Economic Committee last week.

China News Service (CNS) quoted sources from the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee as saying that the changes were made after serious research and thorough consideration.

Bai and Wei were removed from their positions due to their age, according to the CNS report.

"Promoting younger officials to important positions has become a trend in recent central government personnel arrangements, and those born after the 1950s will be in the majority of provincial and regional leadership positions in the next five years," said Zhu Lijia, a professor with the Beijing-based Chinese Academy of Governance.

Apart from appointing younger leaders to key positions in border provinces and regions, official exchanges between State-owned enterprises and governments are also a new aim factored into provincial leadership arrangements.

Zhang Qingwei, former chairman of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, was appointed a deputy Party chief and acting governor of Hebei Province on Saturday.

Zhu said that government leaders with comprehensive administrative capabilities will be given priority for important positions in the future, as Chinese society is going through a transitional phase, and leadership of State-owned companies and scholars should play bigger roles in governance at various levels.

"We want more company leaders and scholars to participate in governance at both local and central government levels, as they perform well in strategy design, international vision, as well as decision making," professor Zhu told the Global Times on Monday.

"Officials who can promote economic development with social stability will be considered as successful in the future China, as the country becomes more mature and democratic," Zhu said.

In the preface to a national government official training textbook last week, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Hu Jintao urged government officials nationwide to change ways of thinking that are not appropriate for scientific development and improve their capacity to raise the quality of development, Xinhua reported.

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