A reshuffle of senior personnel at some of China's leading ministries occurred in late October ahead of the 16th Communist Party Congress due to begin on November 8, reported South China Morning Post. The newspaper said Lu Fuyuan, deputy party secretary and deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation, replaces Shi Guangsheng as party secretary of the ministry. This would put Lu in line to succeed Lu as Moftec's minister when the National People's Congress convenes in March.
Meanwhile, Zhang Chunxian replaces Huang Zhendong as become party secretary of the Ministry of Communications. Huang will remain minister and Zhang deputy minister until March. In a similar move Liu Zhijun, deputy minister of railways, has replaced Fu Zhihuan as the party chief of the Ministry of Railways. All three promoted men are expected to become members of the central committee at this month's party congress.
A source said that the reshuffle showed that the party and government are makingsenior civil service appointments based on the British system. "In future, the top-level officials at provinces or ministries don't have to have rich experience or expertise in the areas for which they are responsible, while their deputies would be technocrats," he said.
For example, Lu Fuyuan has little experience in the areas of foreign trade and investment – since 12998 he was deputy minister of education and prior to that he worked at the Ministry of Machinery Industry.