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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.
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【Video】Two Generations, Two Opportunities
The fourth episode of Beijing Review's Web series: 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up: China's Rural E-Commerce Going Global
- Xi Reiterates China's Adherence to Multilateralism, Opening Up
- 【Video】Woman Live-streaming Her Bonsais
- China's Opening Up Helps Growth
- China's Border Areas at Forefront of Opening Up
- 【Video】Rural E-commerce Practitioner Dreams Big
- 【Video】A Villager and His Stage Costume Business
 
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Hangzhou: NO.49, 2018
- Limited Space, Unlimited Growth
- Innovation's Paradise
- Dream Town
Chongqing: NO.47, 2018
- Explorer of New Frontiers
- Mover and Shaker
- Paradise for Imports
- From Late Starter to Frontrunner
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Heilongjiang: NO.44, 2018
- A Big Granary
- Golden Green Farms
- Agricultural Development: A Shining Star
- Harvest Scenes
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Xiamen: NO. 43, 2018
- A Rising Star
- Changes in Xiamen
- Buoying Business
- A Green Scene
- Riding the Wave
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Suzhou New District: NO.42, 2018
- Outlining a Vision
- Collaboration 40 Years On
- Care and Motivate
- A Taste of Home
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Pudong: NO.39, 2018
- From Farmland to Wonderland
- Smart and Sharp
- Land of Hope
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Zhili: NO.36, 2018
- From Rags to Riches
- Thriving Capital of Children's Clothes
- Prosperous Lives
- Fishing for Success
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Shenzhen: NO.22, 2018
- A City's Legend
- The Shenzhen Miracle
- Shenzhen Up Close
- The Talent Magnet
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Hainan: NO.15, 2018
- Development Magnet
- Creating Change in Hainan
- Wider Opening Up
- The Beautiful Game
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【Video】Two Generations, Two Opportunities
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【Video】Woman Live-streaming Her Bonsais
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【Video】Rural E-commerce Practitioner Dreams Big
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【Video】A Villager and His Stage Costume Business
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Recording the Times
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Future in Sight
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Dream Town
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From Fishing Hamlet to Golden Gateway
Opinion more
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Learning From Experience
Lan Xinzhen
Beijing Review Commentator
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Thriving Imports
Sang Baichuan
Dean of the Institute of International Economy at the University of International Business and Economics
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Full of Hope for a Better Life
Shohrat Zakir
Chairman of the Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
- Growing Smarter
Michael Zakkour
- A Think Tank Grows in China
Chi Fulin
- Shorter List, Bigger Market
Lan Xinzhen
Focus
Economy
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- Limited Space, Unlimited Growth
- A Rollercoaster Ride
- Trial and Error
Politics
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- Top Political Advisor Congratulates Ningxia on 60th Anniversary
- Belt and Road Turns Five
- Thinking Aloud
People’s Livelihood
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- Humans and Birds in Harmony
- Land of Abundance
- Consumption Driven Retail Industry
Culture
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- Fantastic Novels
- Communication Beyond Borders
- Idol Dreams
Diplomacy
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- Building on Momentum
- Five Years On
- China's Reform and Opening Up Efforts Highly Valued in Britain
Environmental Protection
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- Nuclear Milestones
- Going Green
- A Change in the Air
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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NO. 46, 2018
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No.52, 1998
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NO.34, 1981
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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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