Xiaoping’s biography highlights China’s ordeals in Mao era

China has published the official biography and collected works of Deng Xiaoping which for the first time throw light on trials and tribulations the reformist leader underwent during Mao Zedong’s leadership.

The Collected Works of Deng Xiaoping (1949-1974) presents the leader’s thoughts on the development of the country and the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The Biography of Deng Xiaoping (1904-1974) records his experience until 1974 when he served as vice premier after being purged by Mao Zedong for several years during the decade-long disastrous Cultural Revolution from 1966.

Deng who was born in 1904 in China’s Sichuan Province and was banished to a tractor factory by Mao for diluting the Marxist ideology by advocating economic reforms. It was only after Mao’s death in 1976 that he took charge of the party and country.  His sweeping economic reforms which brought in copious flows of FDI has changed the face of China in over two decades from one of the poorest countries to world’s second largest economy next only to the US.

His biography will be followed by a new TV series. The 48-episode drama whose title roughly translates Deng Xiaoping during a historic turning point tells the story of Deng who had to grapple with the ‘gang four’, led by Mao, for the control of power paving the way for transformation of China. The TV series, which took five years to make, began airing on prime time Friday.


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