China’s Capitalist Revolution
This is the story of the biggest turnaround in world history - the conversion of the Chinese Communist Party to capitalism. When Chairman Mao died, hardliners were determined to continue the Cultural Revolution. But party member Deng Xiao Ping thought them mad - China's food production had collapsed and its industry was on its knees. With the help of Politburo colleagues, Deng encouraged the peasants to take back their plots from the communes, pushed through the New Economic Zones which brought in Western technology and investment and set the country on course to become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Yet Deng's legacy was damaged by the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Featuring interviews with Chinese government officials, entrepreneurs, workers who helped engineer Deng's reforms and with the ordinary citizens whose lives were changed by them, this two-part series tells the story of China's transformation into an economic superpower.
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