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Senior Chinese leader concludes visit in south China after meeting locals
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08:11, December 15, 2008

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Senior Chinese leader Zhou Yongkang ended his visit in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Sunday after meeting local officials, soldiers, teachers and the elderly.

Zhou was in Guangxi to extend the central government's congratulations and good will as the region celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Sunday morning paid a visit to a border port with Vietnam, named the Friendship Pass, in the southwest part of Guangxi.

The Friendship Pass is the largest trade port between Guangxi and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in terms of export and import volume. In 2007, about 1.1 million tonnes of goods went through the pass.

Zhou hoped local people will work for better economic, social and cultural exchanges with Vietnam.

He visited soldiers guarding the border near the pass and extended admiration to them for their devotion to the security and stability of the region.

Zhou also dropped in a school in Pingxiang city, where 90 percent of the students were of the Zhuang ethnic minority.

Local government should continue increasing investment in schools like this one and improve the education of local ethnic minority people, Zhou said.

He then inspected a rest home in Chongzuo city, inquiring about elderly people's lives and the service there.

Zhou had been in Guangxi since Wednesday as he led the central government delegation to attend the celebrations.

The autonomous region was founded on Dec. 11, 1958 and has 12 ethnic groups. The total population in Guangxi by the end of 2007 was more than 50 million, one-third are of the Zhuang ethnic minority.

Source: Xinhua

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