Mao Zedong in 1953, the year the first five-year plan began.

How China’s five-year plan, an overhang from the Soviet era, has evolved

The five-year plan has come a long way since 1953, when it set goals for everything from steel production to livestock. But it is still a key part of a state-controlled, centrally planned society

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Mao Zedong in 1953, the year the first five-year plan began.
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