Deng's daughters arrive to open centenary exhibition

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 12:00am

Three daughters of late patriarch Deng Xiaoping will arrive in Hong Kong today and are expected to launch an exhibition on Thursday commemorating the centenary of their father's birth.

Deng Lin, Deng Nan and Deng Rong may also meet Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa during their visit.

The Deng retrospective, to be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, will run from Thursday to September 4.

The exhibition was previously staged in Beijing, where it was seen by 70,000 people over the past two weeks.

The local exhibition is being jointly staged by the National Museum of China, the Home Affairs Bureau and pro-Beijing organisations.

Exhibits include historical photographs, dossiers and artefacts that will be displayed for the first time.

The Hong Kong organisers may unveil tomorrow some of the exclusive exhibition items.

The centenary of Deng's birth is being commemorated throughout the mainland, from Beijing to the Sichuan city of Guangan, the late patriarch's home town.

There are also commemorative events being held at historic sites such as Quanzhou in Jiangxi - where Deng was sent during one of his falls from power - and Bose in Guangxi - from where he led an uprising during the civil war.