Deng Xiaoping Shakes the World: An Eyewitness Account of China's Party Work Conference and the Third Plenum

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Physicist Yu joined the Chinese Communist Party just before the Japanese invasion. By the middle 1970s, he held a number of high posts in the government, and worked with Deng before and during his periods of ascendancy. He was a regular participant in the Conference, and a staff member at the Plenum, when radical reforms were introduced. He recounted his behind-the-scenes experience 20 years later, at age 83, in Gaibian Zhongguo mingyun de 41 tian (The 41 days that changed the fate of China), published by the ...
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Overview

Physicist Yu joined the Chinese Communist Party just before the Japanese invasion. By the middle 1970s, he held a number of high posts in the government, and worked with Deng before and during his periods of ascendancy. He was a regular participant in the Conference, and a staff member at the Plenum, when radical reforms were introduced. He recounted his behind-the-scenes experience 20 years later, at age 83, in Gaibian Zhongguo mingyun de 41 tian (The 41 days that changed the fate of China), published by the Central Compilation and Translation Publishing House in 1998, and here translated by Fang Yinong. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9781891936531
  • Publisher: EastBridge
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Voices of Asia Ser.
  • Pages: 274

Table of Contents

Introduction to the English Edition ix
Preface to the English Edition xiii
Preface to the Original Edition xix
Chapter 1 Convocation of the Central Work Conference
Historical Background of the Central Work Conference November 10-December 15, 1978 1
Unprecedented Cultural Revolution 5
Mao Zedong's Last Years and the "Final Phase" of the Cultural Revolution 5
"Two Whatevers" and Opposing "Two Whatevers" 8
A Conversation with Deng Xiaoping 11
Deng Xiaoping Was Reinstated and Yet the Great Task to Draw Lessons from the Cultural Revolution Has Not Been Fulfilled 13
The Great Debate over the Criterion for Testing Truth 15
Participants in the Central Work Conference 19
Chapter 2 The First General Meeting and Discussion About Shifting the Focus of Work
Speech by Hua Guofeng 23
Discussion about Shifting the Focus of Work 29
Chapter 3 Second General Meeting and Discussions about Three Topics
Explanations by Ji Dengkui and the First Topic: Agriculture 39
The Second Topic: The National Economic Development Plan for 1979-1980 51
The Third Topic: The State Council Meeting To Discuss Principles 53
Chapter 4 Breakthrough in Changing the Agenda
The Speech by Chen Yun 63
Support for Thorough Rehabilitation of Officals in the Tiananmen Incident 65
The Third General Meeting and the Declaration of Hua Guofeng 74
An Event Outside the Conference That Was Reflected Inside 76
Chapter 5 The Criticism of Wang Dongxing, Wu De, and Kang Sheng
The Criticism of Wang Dongxing 80
Wang Dongxing and the "Two Whatevers" 83
The Self-Criticism by Wu De 90
The Case of Kang Sheng 92
Chapter 6 Discussion of the Criterion for Testing Truth
Confrontation Over the Criterion for Testing Truth 97
Three Joint Speeches That Yang Xiguang, Wang Huide, and I Delivered 101
Chapter 7 Hu Yaobang at the Central Work Conference
The Lively Northwest China Group 105
Four Speeches by Hu Yaobang at the Northwest China Group 107
Chapter 8 Personnel and Institutional Adjustments
The Issue of Personnel of the Party Central Committee 115
The Cases of the Central Group for the Examination of Special Cases and of Several Other Organizations 120
The "12-Point Proposal" made by the Northwest China Group and Other Similar Proposals 125
Chapter 9 Deng Xiaoping and the Drafting of the "Declaration" for The New Period
Deng Xiaoping's Comments on Drafting the Text of His Speech for the Closing Session 129
Deng Xiaoping's Speech at the Closing Session 141
Chapter 10 Ye Jianying's Enduring Contribution
The Drafting of the Speech by Ye Jianying 149
Ye Jianying's Speech at the Closing Session 151
Chapter 11 The Closing Session and the End of the Central Work Conference
The Speech by Hua Guofeng at the Closing Session 157
Wang Dongxing's Written Speech 163
Additional Remarks on the Stands and Viewpoints of the Five Standing Committee Members of the Central Work Conference 165
Ending the Central Work Conference 168
Chapter 12 Characteristics of the Central Work Conference
Emphasis on Scientific Thinking 173
Giving Full Scope to Democracy 178
Initiation of Reforms 185
Promotion of Development 190
Generosity and Unity 192
Guidance to Cadres 195
Chapter 13 The Five-Day Third Plenum of the 11th Central Committee
Participants in the Third Plenum 200
Convocation of the Third Plenum of the 11TH Party Central Committee 202
Election of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and Chen Yun's Speech 205
Appointments and Dismissals of Senior Cadres after the Third Plenum 207
Concluding Remarks 209
Notes 221
Index 241
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