Man Of The Year: Visionary of a New China

Teng Hsiao-p'ing opens the Middle Kingdom to the world

China? There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move the world.

—Napoleon Bonaparte

The project is vast, daring, and unique in history. How could there be a precedent for turning 1 billion people so sharply in their course, for leading one-quarter of mankind quickstep out of dogmatic isolation into the late 20th century and the life of the rest of the planet? The People's Republic of China, separated so long from the outer world by an instinctive xenophobia and an admixture of reclusive Maoism, in 1978 began its Great Leap Outward, or...

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