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Grandson of late Chinese leader Deng promoted: media

25 june 2014, 11:43
Deng Xiaoping, the initiator of China's reform and opening-up policy. ©Reuters/China Daily
Deng Xiaoping, the initiator of China's reform and opening-up policy. ©Reuters/China Daily

The grandson of China's late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has been given his first low-level leadership post in the area where his grandfather made history, AFP reports according to state media.

Many children of the founding leaders of Communist China have risen up the ranks of officialdom, some from humble rural positions, including current President and ruling party chief Xi Jinping, but the third generation have often sought lucrative careers in business.

Deng Zhuodi "has taken up the post of Pingguo county's Xinan township party committee secretary" in Baise city, in the southern region of Guangxi, the official China National Radio said in an online report.

One photo showed the young Deng sitting behind a desk with papers and a name card, gesturing with his hands and looking engaged. Another showed him as a child being held by his grandfather.

Deng, who is believed to be around 30, is also deputy chief of Pingguo county, a post he took up last year, the report said.

Baise has particular resonance because Deng Xiaoping launched an uprising there in 1929 in one of the earliest battles in China's brutal civil war that saw the Communists force their Nationalist rivals to retreat to Taiwan and establish the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Xi, another "princeling" or descendant of party officials, also started his career in a low-level rural post where his family had already made a name.

Spending time in the countryside is sometimes seen as a way for aspiring officials to burnish their credentials.

As one of many educated youths "sent down" to live and work alongside peasants during Mao Zedong's 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, Xi worked as a farmer and a village party secretary in the northern province of Shaanxi where his revolutionary leader father Xi Zhongxun grew up and built his political and military career.

Mao's own grandson Mao Xinyu holds the rank of major-general in the Chinese military and is a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a debating chamber that is part of the Communist-controlled governmental structure, but according to his biography has never been put in charge of a party organisation.

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