Strength, discipline and vision: this was the message from a state that has defied the odds for 70 years. China, the world’s longest-surviving communist nation celebrated its achievements on a grand scale. In 1949, the per capita GDP was about $50, today it’s $10,000. But at what cost did this economic success come? Our interview guest, Victor Gao, was once the official translator for Deng Xiaoping — China’s leader from 1979 to 1997 — and has been watching China’s development from a front-row seat.
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