Wang Yang – Party Chief, Guangdong Provincial Committee, Communist Party of China.
Wang is one of the four Vice Premiers of China in Premier Li Keqiang‘s Government. Until January 2013, he served as the Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong; the southern Chinese province’s top office. He served as the party secretary of Chongqing, an interior municipality, from 2005 to 2007. First as the holder of an important regional post, and now as a vice premier, Wang also holds a seat on the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, the country’s ruling council.
Wang was seen as one of the leading reformers in China’s top leadership, and is often credited with pioneering the Guangdong model of development, characterized by an emphasis on private enterprise, economic growth and a greater role for civil society. He was widely considered to be one of the most strongly ‘liberal’ members of the Chinese elite, advocating for economic and political reform.