Special Forum

In January 1980, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping gathered senior cadres from the upper reaches of the country’s political system to discuss "the present situation and the tasks before us."1 Just two weeks into the new decade, Deng sensed that the 1980s would be “a dangerous decade” typified by “great turbulence and crises.” But it was also, he exhorted, a “crucial decade” during which he hoped China would lay a strong economic foundation so that the country could achieve “modernization with Chinese characteristics” within 20 years. All of this, he believed, was with one final goal in mind: To build “a modern, powerful socialist country.” While the challenges China would confront were profound, Deng had confidence that the Communist Party of China (CCP) – which he called “great, glorious and correct” – could overcome such obstacles, much as it had done repeatedly since its founding in 1921.

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