Wen Jiabao

Wen makes low-key visit to Guangdong

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 September, 2005, 12:00am

Premier Wen Jiabao, on a low-profile inspection tour of Guangdong, visited factories and ports in Dongguan and Shenzhen yesterday.

He travelled to Dongguan in the morning and arrived in Shenzhen in the afternoon as Vice-President Zeng Qinghong returned to Shenzhen after completing a three-day visit to Hong Kong.

The premier was accompanied by Guangdong Party Secretary Zhang Dejiang .

A source close to the government said Mr Wen inspected some joint-venture mobile phone factories in Dongguan. In Shenzhen, he viewed the third phase of Yantian Port and asked about the city's logistics development.

Dongguan is one of the most important manufacturing centres in Guangdong while Shenzhen's ports are among the busiest in the world.

Mr Wen visited the Shenzhen Museum, which is staging an exhibition on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. He also visited a high-tech institute, delivering a short speech to students there.

It was Mr Wen's second visit to Shenzhen in the past three years. He toured the city in July 2003 after visiting Hong Kong. After that visit, the premier sent a seven-member inspection team to Shenzhen to help it reposition itself economically.

The inspection team later produced a detailed report for the central government but no drastic changes were introduced.

A mainland scholar said the frequent visits to Guangdong reflected the central government's concern about the area's development.