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The Legacy of Deng Xiaoping

Under Deng’s leadership, for the first time in the modern era, China’s people became wealthy and the nation became strong. China had never been a global power until it became one under Deng’s leadership. In the two decades after Deng set the country on its new path, it became the second largest economy in the world and, for the first time in history, it has become a predominantly urban society. How did Deng achieve this?

Many high officials believed in reform and opening, but it was Deng who provided the political leadership that made this possible. He had become a dedicated communist revolutionary. In 1973-75, under Zhou Enlai’s tutorship he learned about foreign policy. After Zhou and Mao died, no other leader had the knowledge, range of contacts, and skill to match Deng’s ability to deal with foreign leaders. Beginning in 1978 he developed good relations with all the major countries, enabling China to open wide and send large numbers of students to the outside. He used these contacts to enable China, unlike the Soviet Union, to learn quickly from everywhere and to bring foreign science and technology to China. He was bold in learning from other countries. Perhaps no one in the 20th century had a larger impact on the world

Ezra F Vogel has been a professor at Harvard University since 1967 and is currently Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus. He has served as director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center (1972-1976, 1995-1999), of the US-Japan Program (1980-1987) and of Harvard’s undergraduate program in East Asia Studies (1972-1989); he was the founding director of the Asia Center (1997-1999). He has authored books on China and Japan, including Japan’s New Middle Class, Canton Under Communism, Japan as Number One: Lessons for America, One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong Under Reform, Is Japan Still Number One?, and Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. He lectures frequently in Asia in Chinese and Japanese. Vogel was National Intelligence Officer for East Asia in Washington, DC in 1993-1995, director of the American Assembly on China in 1997, and co-director of the Asia Foundation Task Force on Asian Policy in 2000.

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Jointly presented by:
The Australian Centre for China in the World, the Research School of Asia & the Pacific and the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.

Speaker/Host: Professor Ezra Vogel, Harvard University
Venue: Coombs Lecture Theatre, Fellows Road
Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Enquiries: Events on 6125 4144

Professor Ezra Vogel
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