A nice roundup here of the CPC's corporate human resources behaviour:
The export powerhouse of Guangdong in the south, facing an economic slowdown due to the global downturn along with rising social tensions, will probably be handed to Inner Mongolia party boss Hu Chunhua, sources with ties to the leadership told Reuters.
China has in the past groomed potential future top leaders in posts as party boss - the most powerful position - of a series of provinces, where senior leaders can assess their performance in increasingly high-profile roles.
His colleague Sun Zhengcai is apparently slated for the 'troubled' as they say in the business press, Chongqing subsidiary, where previous chief Bo Xilai ran into trouble after over-interpreting his brief to 'be a change agent'.
So, anyway. Hu's gone from career-building, development-forcing, minorities-squashing fun way out on the periphery to a showcase province trying to upgrade out of low value exports while pursuing a comparatively liberal, or at least responsive, political course. It's certainly a next stop the Standing Committee post, though his appointnemt may also be something to do with giving Hu's people a continued presence in the coastal provinces under the new main board.
And as Martin Jacques reminds us once more, this is all part of the ancient practices of the Chinese civilisation state.