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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Deng Called Healthy

BEIJING ( -- Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of China's market reforms, is in good health and spirits as successors tackle his blueprint for a socialist market economy and a unified motherland, his daughter said.

"Though he is not present for this session, he is extremely concerned with this congress," daughter Xiao Rong said during Tuesday's opening ceremony of the National People's Congress, China's parliament.

Xiao's upbeat account contradicted recent reports from several Chinese sources that her 91-year-old father's health had worsened.