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New cadres to debut at two sessions

By Yang Jingjie (Global Times)

13:55, February 28, 2012

(Great Hall of the People. File photo: people.com.cn)

Seventeen provincial leaders will attend this year's two sessions in Beijing as they take on their new posts, after the latest round of provincial-level reshuffling which highlighted the promotion of younger, better educated technocrats with extensive grass-roots working experience.

Observers say the new line-up of local officials is a key step to paving the way for a smooth leadership transition in the country expected in the autumn.

In recent weeks, the two sessions - annual meetings of the legislative body and political advisory group - at the municipal, provincial and regional levels concluded across the country, with the provinces of Hebei, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hainan and Yunnan approving the appointment of their new governors.

Meanwhile, Hebei, Yunnan, Hainan, Gansu and Chongqing approved the appointment of top posts in their legislative bodies, while Hebei, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Qinghai and Guangxi saw new leaders for their political consultative conference.

All of the 17 new cadres were born after the 1950s, and 15 of them hold Masters' degrees or higher, including three with PhDs.

Zhang Qingwei, 50, was transferred to the post of acting governor of Hebei from head of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China last summer.

Zhang joined Fujian governor Su Shulin and Hunan Party chief Zhou Qiang, who were also born after the 1960s, to become one of the youngest provincial officials.

Zhu Lijia, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the Global Times there is a growing trend of post-60s cadres taking to the stage.

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