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30 Years Of Opening Up To The World

It is 30 years to the day that the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th Communist Party of China Central Committee opened, a meeting that would usher in the opening of China under Deng Xiaoping and see the closing of the unhappy chapter of China’s history that was the Cultural Revolution.

It may be difficult for anyone under 30 to grasp how great the transformation of the country and the economy has been over those three decades. President Hu Jintao held a celebration of the anniversary in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (CCTV video here), though he might have preferred for such an event to be held against a backdrop other than the worst  global economic slowdown in living memory.

China Daily has the official history of the watershed event in this special report. For a different view, try Forbes‘ four-part series keying off the anniversary by Gordon C. Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China”.

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