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Over 40 years of diplomatic drama, a rising China opens up to, and transforms, the world

  • When the inner circle of China’s Communist Party endorsed a new direction for the country in December, 1978, few would have imagined the immense changes that would be unleashed. Deng Xiaoping’s push for ‘reform and opening up’ launched China’s rise from the wreckage of the Cultural Revolution to the world’s second-biggest economy
  • To mark the 40th anniversary of the start of the process, the South China Morning Post takes an in-depth look at the forces that shaped that transformation. In the first part of our series, Cary Huang examines the new era of diplomacy that Deng ushered in to allow China to focus on economic development
Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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Cary Huang

Cary Huang

Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.