SHANGHAI/BEIJING — One of China’s most conspicuously reform-mindedleaders has stepped back into the spotlight after the nation’sbiggest political convulsion in a generation, positioning himselfto gain from the fall of populist politician Bo Xilai. Wang Yang, leader of Guangdong province and well known for his defthandling of recent civil unrest there, is the first of threeprovincial-level party bosses who stand to benefit after a murderscandal snuffed out Bo’s career last month. Bo, once seen as a favorite of the party’s conservatives, was astrong contender to join China’s top decision-making body in aleadership transition due to be completed by March. His politicaldemise is now an opportunity for rivals such as Wang. Clean Room Sticky Mat
Wang, 57, used his provincial party congress meeting this month togarner publicity ahead of the 18th national Party Congress where,late this year, a new and younger leadership group will be unveiledto replace President Hu Jintao’s team. Wang’s performance at the Guangdong congress highlighted his imageas the politician most likely to take up the reformist mantle ofoutgoing Premier Wen Jiabao, who had seen Bo as a threat to hisreform legacy and moved swiftly to cut him down. Wang Yang’s speech was sort of valedictory, said Willy Lam, aHong Kong-based expert on the Chinese leadership. People think that he will sort of be the next Wen Jiabao, thestandard bearer of the liberals in the new Standing Committee. Disposable Face masks
Wang’s reformist credentials were burnished last year when he endeda revolt in the village of Wukan with a soft touch and nobloodshed. The villagers ended a 10-day standoff and went on tohold local elections. He has also promoted various experiments inadministrative reform over the years. At his Guangdong congress, Wang gave a nod toward freer markets anda lighter hand of the state in ordinary peoples’ lives, saying theparty and government should not be seen as responsible forproviding the people with happiness. We must get rid of the misconception that the people’s happinessis a gift from the party and government .. China Rubber ESD Mat
(and) respect thepeoples’ initiative so that the people boldly explore their ownpath to happiness, he said. After the congress he took questions online, and acknowledged thatcriticism from netizens was good for governance.