China's state news agency confirmed Wednesday what had become an open secret - that the legislature will appoint new vice premiers and another new Cabinet minister during its current session.

The Xinhua News Agency did not say who would be named to the posts, but reliable Chinese and foreign diplomatic sources have said Shanghai Mayor Zhu Rongji and the head of the State Planning Commission, Zou Jiahua, will be made vice premiers.The anticipated move illustrates the standoff between conservative and reformist forces that has prevented the leadership from making any significant policy changes for more than a year. Zhu, 62, is generally considered pragmatic and a supporter of economic reform, while Zou, 64, is a technocrat linked to Premier Li Peng.