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Cradle of China's farm reforms shines without spotlight

Jinyuzhen's free-market experiment fought starvation, but Beijing shifts credit

People plant rice seedlings at a village in Sichuan province, China. The country's agricultural reforms began in Sichuan four decades ago.   © Reuters

CHENGDU, China -- While Chinese President Xi Jinping credits the village of Xiaogang, in east China's Anhui Province, with being the of birthplace of the rural transformation that began 40 years ago, the root of the country's farm reforms lies elsewhere, and it continues to quietly produce innovation.

Located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Jinyuzhen found itself at the vanguard of agrarian modernization under Deng Xiaoping's "reform and opening up" policy.

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