China Deng's Victory

He wins, but does not "overwin"

By any measure, it was an impressive political tour de force. When a special six-day conference of the Chinese Communist Party ended in Peking last week, China's leader, Deng Xiaoping, could rejoice in a full-scale tactical victory even though he had made some compromises in the process. As expected, Deng, 81, managed to dislodge practically all of his opponents from the party leadership and replace them with younger, bettereducated and more pragmatic people of his own choosing. Six new members of the Politburo, which has now been reduced from 24 to 20 seats, and three new full members of the eleven-...

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