China tries party official
Saturday 22 August 1992
China's supreme leader, Deng Xiaoping, who turns 88 today, was expected to win approval for his economic reform plans but had no obvious successor to turn his vision into reality. Despite doubts among purists, a Communist Party congress later this year is expected to approve Mr Deng's vision of a 'socialist market economy' that will transform China and keep the party in power. Yet the increasingly feeble Mr Deng has been unable to find a lasting heir powerful enough to ensure his legacy lives on in practice.
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