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Deng Xiaping talk

September 15, 2015

Our friends in the University of Manchester, the Confucius Institute are hosting an event in the Museum next Monday 21 September.

Meet the Authors: Deng Xiaoping

A Political Biography

Speaker: Michael Dillon (University of Durham)

Deng Xiaoping is a huge figure in China’s modern history, credited for the reforms of the late 1970s that put China on the path to spectacular economic growth and development. Ironically, as the creator of the ‘one country, two systems’ formula for Hong Kong, Deng has also become a figurehead for Hong Kong citizens protesting against the growing threat of China to its autonomy.

Based on newly released Chinese language sources (including recollections from friends and colleagues of Deng) Professor Michael Dillon, one of the UK’s leading authorities on modern China, presents an original and full biography of this charismatic leader and the first to come out in recent years. He illustrates how Deng’s life of struggle and survival shaped his political career and captures something of the complexity and contradictoriness of Deng – a committed communist who brought in economic liberalization but who fell dramatically from grace in the wake of the violently crushed protests in Tiananmen Square.

Our Meet the Authors event is organised in association with Blackwell’s University Bookshop, who provide a stall at the event with copies of the featured book available for you to buy.

Monday 21sh September 2015

1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Kanaris Theatre

Manchester Museum

Oxford Road

M13 9PL

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