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Deng Xiaoping

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping

Profession: Paramount Leader of China

Nationality:
China
Chinese

Why Famous: Chinese politician and reformist leader of the People's Republic of China who led his country towards a market economy.

Xiaoping was instrumental in China's economic reconstruction and is credited with developing China into one of the fastest growing economies in the world and raising the standard of living of hundreds of millions of Chinese.

Born: August 22, 1904
Birthplace: Guang'an, Sichuan, China

Generation: Greatest Generation
Star Sign: Leo

Died: February 19, 1997 (aged 92)
Cause of Death: Lung infection & Parkinson's disease

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Events in the Life of Deng Xiaoping

  • 1976-04-07 Chinese Politburo fires vice-premier Deng Xiaoping
  • 1979-01-29 Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.
  • 1983-06-06 Li Xiannian becomes President of the People's Republic of China and Deng Xiaoping the supreme commander
  • 1989-05-16 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping meet in Beijing and formally end a 30-year rift
  • 1997-02-24 Deng Xiaoping the former paramount leader of China is cremated five days after he passed away

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