Date
21 August 2017
Residents walk past a giant portrait of Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen's Luohu district. Deng is considered the chief architect of China's reform and opening-up. Photo: Bloomberg
Residents walk past a giant portrait of Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen's Luohu district. Deng is considered the chief architect of China's reform and opening-up. Photo: Bloomberg

Major publications mark Deng’s 110th birth anniversary

China is holding a series of activities to commemorate the 110th birth anniversary of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping on Friday, Ming Pao Daily reported on Tuesday.

One of the highlights of the celebration was the publication of his official biography and a collection of his writings, the report said.

The Collected Works of Deng Xiaoping (1949-1974), an 800,000-word book, presents Deng’s thoughts on the development of the country and the Communist Party of China, while the Biography of Deng Xiaoping (1904-1974) provides an official account of his life and times until 1974, when he served as vice premier after being purged for several years during the Cultural Revolution.

Apart from the publication of the two books, at least 15 commemorative activities have been organized at the provincial level in the past two months, including seminars, television dramas, as well as photo and painting exhibitions, Beijing News reported.

Deng was born on Aug. 22, 1904 in southwest China’s Sichuan province. He was called “chief architect of China’s reform and opening-up” for his painstaking efforts in leading the country’s economic transformation in the 1970s.

Observers say the intensity and importance of the commemorative activities for Deng compared with those organized for the late chairman Mao Zedong.

In the history of the Communist Party of China, the first 30 years was led by Mao, while the next 30 years was blazed by Deng, independent scholar Zhang Lifan was quoted as saying.

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