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Premier Li Keqiang pays tribute to Deng Xiaoping

(China Daily) Updated: 2015-01-05 14:02

Premier Li Keqiang pays tribute to Deng Xiaoping

People laid a basket of flowers in front of the statue of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Lianhuashan Park in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province on August 26,2014.[Photo/CFP]

Li also met a group of former officials who accompanied Deng during the landmark 1992 trip, and encouraged Shenzhen to continue exploring ways to push reform “bravely”, and not be afraid of making mistakes.

Calling Shenzhen an experimental field of reform, Li said more room will be allocated for the city’s reform exploration and its successful experience could be expanded to the rest of the nation.

An experimental field means explore, explore and explore, he said, citing Deng’s famous saying that development is a key principle.

Wu Hui, professor of Party-building at the Communist Party of China Central Committee's Party School, said it is a tradition for Chinese leaders to pay tribute to Deng to show their determination to deepen reform, but today’s leadership faces new missions and challenges.

In his first visit outside Beijing as top Party leader, President Xi Jinping also went Shenzhen and visited Deng’s statue at the end of 2012.

“As the first two years of the leadership cleared some obstacles to reform, such as through the anti-graft campaign, 2015 could see large-scale reform carried out in various fields,” said Wu.

Besides the central government’s overall plan, the premier’s remarks encouraged local government innovation in reforms, Wu added.

Pan Zhihong, deputy head of the China Society of Economic Reform Journal Agency, said the visit by Li also encouraged local governments to fully implement reform policies and achieve positive results in the key reform year of 2015.

Shenzhen, which started administrative system reforms early, could continue to be a front-runner of China’s political system reform, Pan said.

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