China: Less Theory, More Production

Deng discredits Mao and wins acceptance of his pragmatism

The television cameras panned slowly across the palatial auditorium of the Great Hall of the People, where 10,000 Communist Party faithful had gathered to celebrate the results of the momentous plenary session of the Communist Party's Central Committee. Suddenly the crowds faded away and the screen belonged to a pair of diminutive figures seated on the dais. Dressed in identical white sports shirts, they smiled happily and acknowledged the waves of applause. One was Senior Vice Chairman Deng Xiaoping, the country's de facto...

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