Wen Jiabao's Southern Tour for Growth

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, right, inspects an LED production company in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province on Aug. 24. Photograph by Ma Zhancheng/Xinhua/Zuma Press

With echoes of former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping’s Nanxun, or southern tour of 1992, Wen Jiabao has just completed a sweep through the Guangdong cities of Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Foshan. But while Deng’s historic trip was all about jump-starting reform that had stalled, Wen’s excursion appears more about rallying local officials and companies to step up efforts to boost China’s now flagging growth.

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