Breaking Through—The Birth of China’s Opening-Up Policy (English Edition)
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With an unmistakable sense of reality, thorough attention to minute detail and rich philosophical thoughts, Breaking Through—The Birth of China' s Opening-up Policy amounts to a living history of contemporary China. To be more specific, it is a book on the opening-up policy, a profoundly significant and in uential event in human history, perhaps the greatest revolution of our time. Li Lanqing, one of the important figures in these events, provides the narrative ordered by his own memory. Breaking Through honors the 30th anniversary of the reform and opening- up policy by telling an exciting, dramatic, and personal story, using many pictures, documents, and sources that have not been seen before. A living history of contemporary China. A realistic interpretation of China at the dawn of opening up to the outside world. An inside story with many pictures, documents and sources that have not been revealed to the public before.
About the Author
Li Lanqing graduated from the Business Management Department of Fudan University in Shanghai in 1952. Early in his career he worked for the establishment of the First, Second, and the Third Auto Works. From 1978 he was involved in the country' s reform and opening-up to the outside world, holding such important positions as Director-General of the Foreign Investment Bureau under the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Vice Minister and then Minister of MOFTEC. Li Lanqing served two terms as Vice Premier of the State Council of the People' s Republic of China from 1993 to 2003. During these ten years, he was in charge of education, science and technology, foreign trade and economic cooperation, finance and taxation, culture, public health, the press, publishing, and sports. As one of the national leaders in those years, Li Lanqing not only witnessed the great progress of China' s opening-up, but also actively took part in the exploration, implementation and decision- making process of the opening-up policy.