Date
25 September 2017
Deng Zhuodi (left), the grandson of Deng Xiaoping, is working as a township official in Guangxi. Photos: http://finance.cnr.cn
Deng Zhuodi (left), the grandson of Deng Xiaoping, is working as a township official in Guangxi. Photos: http://finance.cnr.cn

Deng Xiaoping’s grandson goes down to the countryside

The only grandson of late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has become a township official in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, continuing a rite of passage for the descendents of former state leaders, China National Radio reported Wednesday.

Deng Zhuodi, 29, has been appointed party secretary of Xinan township, Pingguo county, the report said. This is the second time he has been mentioned in official media since he was appointed deputy head of Pingguo in May last year.

Deng, the only child of Deng Xiaoping’s youngest son, Deng Zhifang, graduated from Duke University’s law school in 2008 and then worked for the New York-based law firm White and Case, according to media reports.

His grandfather, who died in 1997, was widely credited for leading China’s reform and opening-up process in the 1980s. 

Pingguo is administered by Baise city in Guangxi’s northwest and was Deng Xiaoping’s base for an uprising against the Nationalist government in the city in 1929.

Experience as a low-level official in the countryside has become an obligatory step for princelings seeking higher office.

In 1982, President Xi Jinping, the son of a vice-premier, became deputy party secretary of Zhengding county in Hebei before going on to be deputy mayor of Xiamen and governor and deputy party secretary of Fujian.

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