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China Looks at the WestIdentity, Global Ambitions, and the Future of Sino-American Relations$
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Christopher A. Ford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165400

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165400.001.0001

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Change and Continuity during Reform and Opening

Change and Continuity during Reform and Opening

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(p.133) 6 Change and Continuity during Reform and Opening
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China Looks at the West
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Christopher A. Ford

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165400.003.0006

This chapter traces Chinese perceptions of America into the 1980s, with Deng Xiaoping’s policy of “opening and reform” that produced a new era of economic modernization even while producing a struggle for the “soul” of China’s intellectual elites between authoritarian and more liberal, Western-style political concepts. It also discusses the development of propaganda and the Chinese Communist Party’s use of media to inform leaders and control lower-level officials from afar. This new iteration of the Party-state was heavily based on Confucianist politics, which led to administration reform.

Keywords:   Deng Xiaoping, reform and opening, Chinese Communist Party, Confucianist politics, Party-state

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