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Chinese leader urges innovation as economic growth slows, in propaganda-heavy provincial visit

  • In this Tuesday, May 26, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, meets with senior officers of Zhejiang Military Area Command during an inspection tour in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province when Xi had a three-day inspection tour in the province. Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops. The TV coverage Thursday, May 28 of Chinese president's recent visit to the eastern province was a tour de force of Communist propaganda, showcasing what's seen as an emerging cult of personality around the country's strongest leader in decades. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP)

    In this Tuesday, May 26, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, meets with senior officers of Zhejiang Military Area Command during an inspection tour in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province when Xi had a three-day inspection tour in the province. Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops. The TV coverage Thursday, May 28 of Chinese president's recent visit to the eastern province was a tour de force of Communist propaganda, showcasing what's seen as an emerging cult of personality around the country's strongest leader in decades. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, May 26, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with local people in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province when Xi had a three-day inspection tour in the province. Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops. The TV coverage Thursday, May 28 of Chinese president's recent visit to the eastern province was a tour de force of Communist propaganda, showcasing what's seen as an emerging cult of personality around the country's strongest leader in decades. (Xie Huanchi/Xinha via AP)  NO SALES

    In this Tuesday, May 26, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with local people in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province when Xi had a three-day inspection tour in the province. Rapturous crowds. Beaming workers. Pep talks for the troops. The TV coverage Thursday, May 28 of Chinese president's recent visit to the eastern province was a tour de force of Communist propaganda, showcasing what's seen as an emerging cult of personality around the country's strongest leader in decades. (Xie Huanchi/Xinha via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged new efforts to respond to slower economic growth during a propaganda-heavy provincial visit highlighting his burgeoning cult of personality.

State broadcaster CCTV on Thursday showed Xi receiving rapturous receptions during visits to a shipyard, oil storage complex and government offices in the economically vibrant eastern province of Zhejiang.

Xi said the government is still assessing the effects of decelerating growth that could fall short of the government's 7 percent target. But he said a way forward would be found and called for greater innovation.

The 17-minute report at the top of CCTV's news broadcast was seen as a push by Xi for popular support, amid worries about the economy and falling morale among civil servants.