II - II The Triumph of the Pragmatists Deng Xiaopings...

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II. The Triumph of the Pragmatists: Deng Xiaoping’s Reforms · Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997) o Mao dies in 1976 o Deng takes post at deputy premiere o Veteran Communist , Persecuted “Reactionary” o Rehabilitation by Mao (1972) o The Man Behind the Scenes (1978-1997) He is the real power during the 80’s 90’s even though he is not officially head of state He encourages political criticism to a certain extent “whatever works, we’ll call it socialism” Goal was to make China a medium sized industrial power “It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.” · The Four Modernizations (Or: Whatever Works, Call it Socialism) o Agriculture o Industry o Military · Devolution of Economic Decision Making, Market Mechanisms o Moving decision making from central government to those who are at the cite of production, and understand what needs to be produced and how much
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