Beijing: On his maiden outing after becoming China's new leader, Xi Jinping has made a ‘low key’ visit to Shenzhen, the most industrialised city established by Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping which became synonymous with country's progress for the last three decades. (Agencies)
Xi's arrival in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen was deliberately kept ‘low-key’, according to the official media which gave it a high-profile projection featuring it as the top story in both print and television media today.
Xi visited the Qianhai experimental zone and a couple of businesses on Friday. On Saturday, he spent time on laying flowers at a bronze statue of Deng, whose wide spread reform ideology deviating radically from Mao's hardline Marxian ideology changed the phase of China in the last three decades.
Like his predecessor Hu Jintao, Xi is a strong follower of Deng's reformist ideology and averted chances of pro-Maoist leader Bo Xilai from entering the top leadership in the last month's key Congress of the Party.
Disgraced Bo is awaiting trial for a host of charges including sex, sleaze and corruption.
Giving Xi a projection as the new peoples' leader, a China daily said "rather than who he met or what he said, it was the manner in which the new Party chief arrived that caught the overwhelming attention of the media: no welcoming crowds or banners, no red carpet, no heavy traffic control. The police did block a couple of main roads as Xi's small motorcade passed by, but only briefly".
"The roads in the Qianhai experimental zone were just as normal. A motorcade of eight cars arrived at about 3:30 in the afternoon, but not a single welcome banner was seen and neither were the usual cheering crowds," According to a report by another state media The Hong Kong's Phoenix Television.
China's new leader was living up to a promise he'd made three days earlier, the Daily said.
Xi presided over a meeting of the Politburo on Tuesday when a document was adopted that detailed explicit measures to fight strict formality and bureaucracy. The measures included a reduction in the number of meetings, making policy documents more concise, lessening traffic controls during officials' visits and exercising thrift.
There should be "no welcome banners, no red carpets, no floral arrangements or grand receptions for officials' visits", according to the statement.
It also banned members of the Politburo from publishing monographs and signing autographs.
Moreover, members of the Politburo are now required to "adhere to the regulations before asking others to do so and not to do anything they wouldn't want others to do", continued the statement.
Two members of the new Standing Committee - Li Keqiang and Wang Qishan - broke away from the usual verbose and asked the officials and scholars to dispense with their prepared speeches and enter straight into discussion.
"In China, it is very important for the central leadership to set an example because it sends a strong signal to officials at the lower levels," said Ma Huaide, a law professor at China University of Political Science and Law.
Beijing: On his maiden outing after becoming China's new leader, Xi Jinping has made a ‘low key’ visit to Shenzhen, the most industrialised city established by Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping which became synonymous with country's progress for the last three decades.