Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shakes hands with China’s top leader Deng Xiaoping prior to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 1989. Photo: AP
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shakes hands with China’s top leader Deng Xiaoping prior to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 1989. Photo: AP
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Mistakes made by proud Gorbachev avoided by China

  • Chaos following the break-up of Soviet Union left Deng Xiaoping determined to strengthen Communist Party’s grip on power

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shakes hands with China’s top leader Deng Xiaoping prior to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 1989. Photo: AP
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shakes hands with China’s top leader Deng Xiaoping prior to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 1989. Photo: AP
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