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Many people may forget that Chairman Mao did not lead China from 1949 until his death in 1976. In fact Mao gave up the leadership of China to his then trusted Vice Chairman Liu Shaoqi 1959-68. It was when Mao saw Liu and Deng moving China towards a market ecomony that Mao steped in and imposed hard-line Communism. Liu Shaoqi died in miserable circumstances under house arrest. Read More
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