OpenStudy (anonymous):

Which of the following Chinese leaders was the least progressive? a. Hu Jintao b. Mao Zedong c. Deng Xiaoping d. Hu Yoabang

3 years ago
OpenStudy (tanya123):

Mao Zedong

3 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

noooooooooo Giving that Mao was a Communist, he was VERY progressive.

3 years ago
OpenStudy (tanya123):

Who then?

3 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Not Mao. Probably either Hu Jintao, since some say he was conservative with his reforms, or Deng, since he was responsible for the restoration of Capitalism.

3 years ago
OpenStudy (tanya123):

Oh okay, makes sense.

3 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I'm not so sure, I think tanya123 was right. Mao Zedong was extremely conservative compared to everyone else on that list. His Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution movements literally sent China backwards and ended up doing more harm than good in order to maintain his status quo on power and a hardline stance on communism. Hu Yaobang came after Mao and actually initiated a number of progressive reforms that ultimately made him something of a favorite to many Chinese who wanted change. His death, and the memorial in Tiananmen Square that his supporters created for him, ultimately led to what we know today as the Tianamen Square protests in '89. Deng Xiaopeng worked with Hu Yaobang, and Deng was extremely progressive in his views on the economy, later inviting foreign capital and investment in order to kickstart and support China's growth. Deng's reforms are often referred to as "communism with Chinese characteristics" as a form of state capitalism that was far different from the hardline communism that Mao Zedong started with. As for Hu Jintao, he was the leader of china in the last decade and oversaw the massive expansion of its industries and economy into the world's second largest (it's behind the US and ahead of Japan). He continued the work that Deng started on, and the current leader, Xi Jinping, is likely going to follow in those footsteps along with the rest of the Party. If you go to China today and compare it to the China under Mao Zedong, it's like staring at two different countries.

3 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

I fail to see how Maoism is less progressive than Socialism With Chinese Characteristics.

3 years ago
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