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When China was Red
Flashback to a China in the 1980s on the brink of change.
Another world, one of bicycles, and more bicycles, regulation Mao suits and early morning calm.
Looking back, I realise how privileged I was to have lived in China at that time and to have documented my every day life and travels in the "Middle Kingdom".
Following Mao Zedong's death in 1976, President Deng Xiao Ping set about transforming China into a modern state by launching his "4-modernisations" program to strengthen the sectors of agriculture, industry, technology and defence, thus opening up China's doors to the west. As a European, living in China in the 1980's, I was allowed to socialise with the Chinese, albeit under the watchful eye of party members.
This was indeed a unique moment in history, a turning point.
At one time, in the late 1970s, there was a glimmer of hope that a 5th modernisation, that of democracy would be added ... but China remained "red".
For more photos on this theme, go to https://www.brenda-turnnidge.fr/p121308002 "When the East was Red".
Brenda Turnnidge, Paris April 2020
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Pas de doute la chine est rouge, comme le partie, .....
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