27 Years Ago in TIME

President Hu Jintao of CHINA, who travels to Washington next week, leads a country whose economic might is in many ways the legacy of Deng Xiaoping, the first top Communist Chinese leader to visit the U.S.

In Washington, where Kings, Prime Ministers and Presidents are routinely received with equanimity bordering on boredom, Teng's [sic] arrival provoked the keenest excitement. Not since Nikita Khrushchev flew in from Moscow to take a crack at d├ętente 20 years ago has a state visit aroused so much exhilaration ... Teng's determination to modernize China's backward industry by the year 2000 led him to request...

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