Deng's Visit to The US Resulted in Capitalism

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He decided to forge ahead in a direction referred to as 'Socialism with Chinese characteristics.'

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<p>Deng's open door policy was launched after a series of Mao's poor decisions for this country left people without enough to eat, enduring a bitterly tough life, and with no freedom at all. No matter their position in society, whether a farmer, intellectual, bureaucrat, or worker, everyone wanted change. So, there were no obstacles to reform. There were debates over whether to choose a communist or capitalist government. After Deng's visit to the US, having seen America, his doubts about this debate vanished. He decided to forge ahead in a direction referred to as &quot;Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,&quot; which, as a matter of fact, is capitalism. I believe that Deng's visit to the US was the most salient reason for this decision. Deng visited the US in 1980 [in fact it was in January 1979]. Deng's biggest concern after having re-entered the government was to choose which route, whether communist or capitalist, to follow. Once he had visited the US, he made up his mind. I think that the main reason for the &quot;China Boom&quot; is western influence. From the First Opium War in the 1840s to today, China has made a lot of progress. I think the main reason behind this progress has been that China has learned a lot from the West. In all aspects, not only in technology, but also the economic system, we have learned from the west. If there were no communication with the west, China would have remained the old China for the last 100 years, there would have been no progress. China is not an innovative nation, but a very conservative nation. The Chinese have no particular distinction in natural sciences and modern civilization. In the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, astrology, the Chinese have not contributed a lot. The Chinese have learned a lot from the west. From their economic system, to their banking system, to their stock market system, it has all been learned from the west. The question of whether to learn from the west or not has been a point of debate since 1840. At that time, the Chinese opposed the idea of learning from the west. This debate continued until Mao's time and, even now, the debate goes on but, for the most part, the debate on this issue has been resolved. Everything we do here is from the West. Televisions, telephones, airplanes, these are all things that we have gotten from the west. Even the political system, the National People's Congress, is all western. The Empress Cixi would not be enthusiastic about the National People's Congress. The main reason that China has made so much progress is because they have learned from the west.</p>
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Mao Yushi tells how Deng Xiaoping's visit to the US convinced him, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that "Socialism with Chinese characteristics," which is really Capitalism, was a superior model to Communism. Mao Yushi also says that all of China's progress since the First Opium War in the 1840s can be attributed to its westernization.