How Did Mao Zedong Impact On Communism

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Mao stayed in unchallenged control of China until his death in 1976. Mao had passed away and the struggle had emerged for supreme political control. Deng did not right out say that Mao ways and beliefs were totally wrong. In fact the central committee proclaimed that Mao was seventy percent correct and 30 percent wrong, which is also the position of the Chinese government today.

• In 1976 the Gang of Four was arrested, primarily because Mao was not present to protect them.
• The Gang of four had a significant impact. Jiang Qing, who was the fourth wife of Mao Zedong had a known political impact on communism during the former year of Mao’s life.
• Jiang’s supporters focused on CCP leaders such as Liu Shaoqi, Deng Xiaoping, and Zhou Enlai
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It led them decide how to run the business but was not private businesses.
• Special economic zones were established to increase production output in regard to exports. As a result, exports increased drastically.

Social and Political Changes in the 1980s:
• Deng introduced many reforms in all sectors of life (four Modernizations)
• On the other hand, the reforms were not followed by political reform because Deng opposed Democracy and wanted to uphold the socialism.
• Many scandals occurred such as managers stealing profit from power companies. Accusations were made about corruption.
• A democracy wall was instigated because reformers would nail their writing on these places. Occasionally the government would arrest these reformers.
• In June 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred. Students rebelled in presence of Gorbachev visit to Beijing. The army moved in and killed thousands of students.

Primary Runners:
• Hua Guofeng: named by Mao as his successor
• Deng Xiaoping; lost his position as general secretary during Cultural Revolution due to his liberal beliefs.
• Hua Guofeng initially appeared to be the dominant figure, capturing the gang of four and leaving Deng in the

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