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Editor's Note:
This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up. Over the past 40 years, the country has transformed itself from a largely agricultural nation into the second largest economy in the world. What is behind the miraculous turnaround? This column features the latest in-depth stories and views on China's ongoing process of reform and opening up, giving you a closer look at the country’s achievements over the past four decades.
Latest News more
- China's Development Stems From Reform and Opening Up: MOC
- China to Introduce More Measures to Facilitate Foreign Investment
- China Remains Committed to Building New Type of International Relations Under Opening up Policy
- New Growth Drivers Break New Ground for Chinese Economy: Premier Li
- Chinese Premier Stresses Market Regulation for Fair Business Environment
- Liaoning Pursues Revitalization
Focus
Economy
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- Outlining a Vision
- Care and Motivate
- Collaboration 40 Years On
Politics
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- Top Political Advisor Congratulates Ningxia on 60th Anniversary
- Belt and Road Turns Five
- New Roots, New Life
People’s Livelihood
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- A Taste of Home
- A Model to Follow
- Aiming High
Culture
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- 40 Years of Tourism in the Eyes of a Tour Guide
- Over the Moon
- Signs of Ancient Exchange
Diplomacy
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- Five Years On
- China's Reform and Opening Up Efforts Highly Valued in Britain
- Deep-rooted Commitment
Environmental Protection
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- A Frontline in the Sand
- A Green Finish Line
- A Difficult Goodbye
Opinionmore
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Growing Smarter
Michael Zakkour
Vice President of China/Asia Pacific strategy and global digital practices at consulting firm Tompkins International
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A Think Tank Grows in China
Chi Fulin
President of the China Institute for Reform and Development
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Mapping the Future
Jiang Zhida
Associate research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies
- Shorter List, Bigger Market
Lan Xinzhen
- A Moment Seized
Mei Xinyu
- Harmony in Diversity
Fan Yongpeng
Now and Then
Timeline
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December 1978: Communique of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

The plenary session decided that the stress of the Party's work should shift to socialist modernization as of 1979.
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August 1981: The Xiaogang Experiment

Eighteen hungry farmers from Xiaogang Village, Anhui Province, signed a secret pact, lighting the torch for China's rural revolution.
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January 1984: China's Special Economic Zones

In 1980, China began building special economic zones in Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou in Guangdong Province and in Xiamen in Fujian Province.
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January 1988: 10 Years of Reform and Opening Up

China's reform, oriented towards market forces and a vigorous economy, enters its 10th year
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May 1988: China's Largest SEZ Born

On April 13, with the approval of the 7th National People's Congress, Hainan Island, formerly an administrative region of Guangdong Province, became a province and was proclaimed the fifth and largest special economic zone in China.
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February 1994: The 'Deng Whirlwind' Fills China With Vitality

The famous remarks made by Deng Xiaoping during his inspection tour of south China in early 1992.
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December 1998: 20 Years of Reform and Opening Up

More than 10 Chinese and foreign personalities of various circles comment on great changes brought about by China's reform and opening policies over the 20 years.
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October 2001: WTO Entry

After 15 years of effort, China finally sees the light at the end of tunnel in its endeavor to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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January 2008:30 Years of Reform and Opening Up

Since the shift from an economic model based on rigid central planning to a market economy was launched, Chinese society has undergone profound changes. Because of this, the Chinese economy has made great leaps forward in reform-minded optimism.
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May 2018: A City's Legend

How Shenzhen evolved from a fishing village into a pioneering metropolis.
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Prosperous Lives
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Prosperity Goes On
From the Magazine more
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NO.42, 2018
- Outlining a Vision
- A Taste of Home
- Care and Motivate
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NO.39, 2018
- From Farmland to Wonderland
- Smart and Sharp
- Land of Hope
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- From Rags to Riches
- Thriving Capital of Children's Clothes
- Prosperous Lives
- Fishing for Success
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- If at First You Don't Succeed
- In Pursuit of Dreams
- Exploring Medical Frontiers
- Modernizing a Traditional Craft
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- Theory of Common Good
- The Red Engine
- City on the Rise
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- A City's Legend
- The Shenzhen Miracle
- The Talent Magnet
- Shenzhen Up Close
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Archives Click here for more
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The Urban Underground
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Island of Vitality
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Development Magnet
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NO.1, 2008
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NO.34, 1981
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No.52, 1978
Previous Reports more
- 30 Years of Reform and Opening Up
- Shenzhen 30 Years On
- China in WTO: 10 Years ON
- How Weddings Have Changed since 1978
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