Thursday February 20, 2020

Can Xi take China to the next level?

Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in the late 1970s made China a global economic player. Now Xi Jinping wants more

30th December, 2018
The Chinese city of Shenzhen has evolved from a fishing village to a factory town to a modern technology hub Picture: Bloomberg

Fred Hu will never forget the terror in his science teacher’s eyes when the man was dragged away to a Chinese jail during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Then a 12-year-old peeping into the classroom, Hu’s dream of escaping rural poverty to become a journalist or teacher seemed hopeless.

Two years later, his hope was rekindled when incoming leader Deng Xiaoping restarted university entrance examinations in late 1977, allowing all...

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