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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

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

Christopher A. Ford

University Press of Kentucky

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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