CHINA: Deng's Reforms

Imposing a bit of capitalism

This week China's Senior Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping was expected to step down from his government post, along with Premier Hua Guofeng, in favor of a new team of trusted, younger technocrats. But first Deng saw to it that the National People's Congress, whose 3,500 delegates have been meeting in Peking for the past ten days, approved a parcel of new measures. Among the miscellany: the debut of the personal income tax* and a raise in the legal marriage age (20 for women, 22 for men). The important changes, however, were a series of...

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