China: Looking to 2001

Congress shuns past leader

The usual portrait of Mao Tse-tung was nowhere in sight as China's Communist Party opened its Twelfth National Congress last week in Peking's Great Hall of the People. The old slogans proclaiming "class struggle" and "world revolution" were missing, and no bands played The East Is Red, a paean to Mao frequently sung during the Cultural Revolution. Instead, the congress, China's first since 1977, was a celebration for Vice Chairman Deng Xiaoping, 78, who, since his rise to power after Mao's death in 1976, has urged the country to...

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