China Currents

A Journal of the China Research Center

Current Issue | 2014: Volume 13, Number 2

Special Issue: Introduction

China watchers are to Third Plenums of Chinese Communist Party Congresses as film buffs are to the Oscars. One reason is the storied history of Third Plenum Decisions in the post-Mao era. Two of them marked epochal shifts in China’s political economy. The first, officially designated by the Party as “history’s great turning point,” was the Eleventh Party Congress’ Third Plenum in 1978. Deng Xiaoping’s ascendance became evident in a Decision that touted policies spearheading “Reform and Opening to the Outside World.” When it appeared that the events of June 1989 had cut off the…

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