China promotes senior female official to lead financial hub

 
Ms Sun Chunlan, then party chief of Fujian province, attends a meeting in Longyan, Fujian province on Dec 28, 2009. She replaces Mr Zhang Gaoli, who was last week raised to the Standing Committee following a once-every-five-year party congress that unveiled a generational leadership change. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has promoted one of its most senior female leaders to Communist Party chief of the northern port city of Tianjin, which the government is trying to turn into a global financial centre, state media said on Wednesday.

Ms Sun Chunlan, 62, will move from the south-eastern coastal province of Fujian, where she had been party boss since 2009, the official Xinhua news agency said in a brief statement. The appointment had been widely expected.

Ms Sun is one of only two women on the Politburo, a 25-member body that is a mix of military and civilian leaders which reports to the party's elite decision-making core, the seven-man Standing Committee.

She replaces Mr Zhang Gaoli, who was last week raised to the Standing Committee following a once-every-five-year party congress that unveiled a generational leadership change.

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