Guangzhou (AsiaNews) - Although economic
fundamentals are generally healthy, the country should still prepare for
multiple risks and challenges, said Xi Jinping, China's new absolute leader
during a visit to the rich province of Guangdong.
Echoing Deng Xiaoping's southern trip in the
early 1990s, Xi tried to capture the aura of China's old paramount leader. However,
violent clashes broke out between police and workers protesting unfair
conditions they face every day.
The new Communist leader, who will fill all
major positions by next March, spoke at an economic forum in the southern city
of Guangzhou, saying that faster restructuring is in line with the times and
cannot be delayed.
The visit included stopping at a statue of Deng
erected in the city of Shenzhen to commemorate the late leader's 1992 visit.
"Now is the time to remind people that only by
continuing the Deng-style reform can China continue to cross the river by
touching on the next stone," said Huang Jing, a political science professor at
the National University of Singapore. "Now they are already in the middle of
the river, where the water is deep and runs fast," Huang added.
Xi's reformist inspiration has not had any
effect on ordinary law and order. In Shenzhen, police broke up a strike by some
3,000 workers at a printing factory in Baoan District who took industrial
action on Friday by blocking a section of an expressway.
After eight hours, police moved in and beat up
and arrested several workers.