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BEIJING (Reuters) - The former communist party boss of China's Shenzhen city was named as acting governor of northern Hebei province on Friday, according to Hebei government microblog.

China on Saturday announced plans to build Xiongan New Area, in Hebei province, modelled on the Shenzhen special economic zone next to Hong Kong that helped kickstart China's economic reforms in 1980.

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Michael Perry)

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