Deng Xiaoping's Legacies

  One of Deng Xiaoping's legacies in Chinese history will be that of a major economic leader and reformer. Unfortunately, his modernization of the Chinese economy did not bring with it political change. It is ironic that Mr. Deng, the author of the famous quotation "It doesn't matter if its a black cat or a white cat, as long as it catches mice", used to support economic reform in China, was not able to use the same logic to foster political reform as well. Under Mr Deng's leadership, there was a total absence of political freedom and many millions of Chinese have suffered gross violations of their human rights. The demonstrations by students in Tiananmen Square in 1989 grew out of a desire for more than just economic openness in the society, but political openness as well. The massacre that followed, that was ordered by Mr Deng, will always be remembered as the action of a tyrant.

SUPPORT DEMOCRACY IN CHINA hopes that with Mr Deng's passing, there will come a new generation of leaders with the courage to bring to the Chinese people not only economic prosperity, but long needed political reforms.

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