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China's Xi to retrace reform trip: Media

Published on Dec 7, 2012 4:30 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - The new leader of China's Communist Party Xi Jinping will make his first official trip in the post to Shenzhen, the country's powerfully symbolic hub of economic reform, a Hong Kong newspaper said on Friday.

Mr Xi is due to become China's president in March and the choice of the southern city for such a visit would "express his determination to further deepen China's reform," the South China Morning Post said, citing a local propaganda official.

The trip would echo a 1992 tour of Shenzhen by China's long-time leader Deng Xiaoping, who went there to underscore the importance of his policy of "Reform and Opening" as he sought to modernise the economy.

The city, which borders Hong Kong, served as an early "special economic zone" three decades ago, a laboratory of sorts as the Communist country began to seek foreign investment.

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