'Little Hu' named Communist Party secretary for Guangdong
BEIJING (AFP) - A senior politician tipped as a future candidate for one of China's highest leadership posts has been named as the top official in the country's most populous province, state media said on Tuesday.
Mr Hu Chunhua, 49, has been appointed as Communist Party secretary for the manufacturing hub of Guangdong province, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported, in a move which amounts to a step up.
He was one of the youngest politicians promoted to the party's 25-member Politburo after its congress last month, placing him at the forefront of leaders slated to rule China following the next power transition in 2022, analysts said.
Mr Hu is already one of the most prominent politicians of his generation and is seen as a protege of current outgoing Chinese president Hu Jintao, earning the nickname "little Hu".