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Deng out of limelight but still in control

China's powerful vice-chairman, Deng Xiaoping, has decided to withdraw from day-to-day decisionmaking. But diplomatic sources say the move is intended as an example to other elderly Chinese officials and does not signify a weakening of his position.

Official Chinese sources said Mr. Deng retains all his posts, which include the chairmanship of the Communist Party's powerful Military Commission.

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