It Looks As If Deng Will Have The Last Laugh

Not many national leaders get two chances for a triumphant swan song. So count China's Deng Xiaoping lucky. The last time the Chinese Communist Party Congress met in 1987, Deng's ambitious program for market-driven reform was winning kudos across the land. But then Deng slammed into a hard-line Communist backlash that culminated in the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, and many of his plans were sidetracked.

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