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Sources: Fragile health of China's Deng brings leaders home

Deng February 17, 1997
Web posted at: 4:33 p.m. EDT (1633 GMT)

(CNN) -- The deteriorating health of China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, 92, has forced Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin and other leaders to cut short out-of-town trips to return to Beijing, sources said on Monday.

In Paris, U.S. officials travelling with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright say the United States Embassy in Beijing has received no word on Deng's condition. Albright is due to be in Beijing for talks with the Chinese leadership next Monday at the end of her first world tour as secretary of state.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 
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