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One day Deng Xiaoping decided to take one of his grandsons to visit Mao Tse-tung.

"Call me Granduncle," Mao offered warmly.

"Oh, I certainly couldn't do that, Chairman Mao," the awe-struck child replied.

"Why don't you give him an apple?" suggested Deng.

No sooner had Mao done so than the boy took a healthy bite out of it, then happily chirped, "Oh, thank you, Granduncle."

"You see, "said Deng, "what incentives can achieve."

—A story told around Peking

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