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Mao Zedong ..
who was China's leader from 1949 to 1976
Can you name the people Mao based his ideas upon?
So Mao faced great problems when his forces seized control in 1949..China is a massive country with an enormous population. Making things happen requires tough action on a grand scale … and over the years, Mao used brutal force to put his form of communism into action. The Chinese Communist Party seized control of the media and any opposition was squashed mercilessly. Mao's policies and political purges of opponents may have caused the deaths of over 50 million people during his 30 years as leader.Mao did not accept any criticism of his policies … this was viewed as 'counter-revolutionary' and was dealt with severely. Mao wanted the Communist Party to control almost every element of people's lives … their work, their friends and even the number of children they had.
(ruled China from 1978-1997)
He understood that after 30 years many of Mao's ideas were not working and that a new approach was required.
He introduced major economic changes saying, “To get rich is glorious” He made it easier for people to open their own businesses in the pursuit of personal wealth, so setting the scene for the remarkable economic growth which is going on today.
However, like Mao, Deng Xiaoping was no democrat. He ensured China would stay a one-party totalitarian state with the Communist party in complete control. He also ordered troops to open fire on unarmed protesters in Beijing's famous Tiananmen Square.
BBC's news report on what happened in the Tiananmen Sqare ....
One man's reaction to the army's brutality:
The President of the People’s Republic of China as well as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.
As you can see, he also understands the importance of the Chinese Army and other security forces in keeping a tight rein on such a huge country.
He is said to be cautious and loyal to the Party.
He does not welcome opposition to the CPC.
Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo jailed for subversion