A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 23, 1985

TIME's cover story this week examines the widespread changes that are taking place in China as it undergoes a "second revolution" under aging, pragmatic Deng Xiaoping. The story was the work of Staff Writer Pico Iyer, aided by Reporter-Researchers Oscar Chiang and Edward Gomez. Reporting for the cover was shared by three men, each of whom brought a very different perspective to the events he observed.

Peking Bureau Chief Richard Hornik found particularly valuable his five years of experience as a journalist in the Soviet bloc, including an assignment as TIME's Eastern Europe bureau chief (1981-83). Says Hornik: "That background was...

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