The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

China appoints new top official for Chongqing


BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has confirmed that rising star Mr Sun Zhengcai, 49, has been appointed Communist Party boss for the scandal-ridden southwestern city of Chongqing, taking the old job of disgraced Bo Xilai in the country's biggest metropolis.

As head of the sprawling Chongqing, left reeling in the wake of a corruption and murder scandal involving Bo, Mr Sun will have to deal with the legacy of Bo, the former high-flyer at the centre of China's biggest political scandal in decades.

Mr Sun's appointment was announced in a brief statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday.

Mr Sun, a former agriculture minister and then party boss of the northeastern province of Jilin, is emblematic of younger officials of humbler backgrounds who stand apart from the refined, urban backgrounds of the likes of president-in-waiting Mr Xi Jinping and other so-called "princelings" - the descendants of former senior revolutionary leaders.