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China’s Xi Tells Shenzhen Village to Follow Deng, RTHK Reports

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Xi Jinping, the new head of China’s Communist Party, told residents of a fishing village near the southern city of Shenzhen to follow the path set by former leader Deng Xiaoping, Radio Television Hong Kong reported.

Xi spent 45 minutes in the village in Guangdong province and asked after living and economic conditions, the report said, citing residents and village officials. He waved from the car window as he departed for Lotus Hill, RTHK reported.

Lotus Hill is a park in Shenzhen that has a bronze statue of Deng, whose 1992 tour of Guangdong spurred China’s economic reform and opening up.

Xi, who succeeded Hu Jintao as general secretary of the party last month, arrived in Shenzhen yesterday on his first trip since taking power, the South China Morning Post reported today. Xi made “low-key” visits to the Qianhai experimental zone and to Tencent Holdings Ltd., according to the newspaper, citing an unidentified propaganda official.

Xi ordered that his reception, banquet, security, and traffic controls during his visit be kept “low profile,” the newspaper said, citing Shenzhen propaganda officials.

The official Xinhua News Agency and state-run China Central Television have yet to report on Xi’s visit.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michelle Yun in Hong Kong at myun11@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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