When the Communist Party of China celebrates its 100th anniversary on July 1, it will have plenty to be proud of.
But most of its pride, and the money lavishly spent on fireworks and parades, will come from what the party did in the past four decades, not what it did in the time before that.
In the preceding period, the party fought to gain power. It then closed the country and pursued lofty but impractical ideals that made common people extremely poor and scared to speak up.
Four decades ago, the party changed tack completely. It opened up, engaged with the United States and the world where the US was the leader, and implemented massive reforms that afforded the party its present pride in its achievements.
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