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Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, with a population of 4.5 million and a per capita GDP of around US$7600, is one of the fastest growing cities in China. It has the ninth largest GDP among mainland Chinese cities, and the fourth largest in the Yangtze-River Delta (after Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou).
As the Party Secretary, Mr Yang is the most senior and influential official in Wuxi. Mr Yang's additional position as a Standing Member of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee ranks him even higher in the Chinese hierarchy (equivalent to a Vice-Minister). As a Standing Member Mr Yang influences policy-making for the entire Jiangsu Province which has the second largest GDP among mainland Chinese provinces (after Guangdong).
Having worked successfully in the important post of Suzhou Major and been promoted to become the Party Secretary of Wuxi, Mr Yang, at the age of 44, is also one of the youngest Standing Members of the CPC Jiangsu Province Committee. He is seen as one of the rising stars in this region, with a strong potential for promotion in the future.