Deng Xiaoping Essay

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Deng Xiaoping

     China has a long history with several great leaders, but none of those
leaders have even come close to being as great as Deng Xiaoping. Deng Xiaoping
was a loyal communist who sacrificed his own life so his people could have a
better one. During his long political career, he served as a Communist
politcommissar of the 129th Division (Liu-Deng Army) from 1929 to 1949. As
politcommissar, he bravely and successfully fought the Nationalists. In 1945,
he was elected to the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. He
became a member of the Politburo in 1955 and ever since that year, he has been
an invaluable member of the party.
     Depending on your personality or view, you may come to conclude that
Deng Xiaoping was a force for evil and that he was responsible for taking away
the freedom of millions of Chinese citizens. Some people may even conclude that
Deng Xiaoping was a "power-hungry" dictator who would do anything to obtain
power. I have concluded differently. I believe that Deng Xiaoping was a force
of good. He has devoted his entire life to helping his country, China.
     Before the Communist began to revolt, the Nationalists were doing a poor
job of running the country and did not keep their promise for land reform. Deng
Xiaoping believed that a Communist government would do a better job of running
the country. During the Nationalist- Communist Civil War, Deng greatly
influenced the outcome in favor of the Communists by using effective military
strategy. Deng Xiaoping was appointed Politcommissar of the 129th Division of
the Eighth Route Army (the Liu-Deng Army) from 1938 to 1947. He employed
several campaigns against the Nationalists in which he inflicted severe damage.
One campaign was when he led his army in the battle of Huaihai, which put
550,000 men of the Kuomintang troops out of action. Afterwards, he led his army
across the Yangtze and liberated Nanjing, the capital of the Kuomintang
government. Then his army liberated the entire southwest of the country.
     In October 1, 1949, China became a Communist nation. Without Deng
Xiaoping's tremendous performance during the war, the Nationalists probably
would have easily won. Because of Deng Xiaoping, the people of the nation were
finally able to begin to modernize and enjoy a higher standard of living.
     From the day China became a Communist nation, to 1976 when Deng
Xiaoping's superior, Mao Tse-tung dies, Deng Xiaoping did several things that
greatly influence China. However, most of what happens to China during that
period should be credited to Mao Tse-tung because he decided what policies to
use and not to use. This however does not mean that Mao made good decisions.
     Several times during the 1960s and 1970s, Deng Xiaoping and Mao Tse-
tung started to disagree on how to run the country....

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