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The year of the rabbit. Conflicts and agreements in the Chinese leadership
The dismissal of Hu Yaobang in January 1987 shows how, on the eve of the XIII Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, conflict still exists between conservatives smitten with nostagia for the fifties and reformers. Deng Xiaoping, whose political career has most in common with the former, understood the sheer depth of the changes brought about by the Cultural Revolution. This is why he launched the reform programme subsequently put into practice by Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang. Nonetheless, the growing claims of Chinese society forced him to block the progress of such reforms, especially those of a political and cultural nature. These issues are minutely described and reconstructed and should hence make it easier to understand events followings the XIII Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.