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Deng Xiaoping

1904 - 1997

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Deng Xiaoping (22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997) was a Chinese revolutionary leader, military commander and statesman who served as the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from December 1978 to November 1989. After Chinese Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong's death in 1976, Deng gradually rose to supreme power and led China through a series of far-reaching market-economy reforms earning him the reputation as the "Architect of Modern China". He contributed to China becoming the world's second-largest economy by nominal GDP in 2010.Born in the province of Sichuan in the Qing dynasty, Deng studied and worked in France in the 1920s, where he became a follower of Marxism–Leninism and joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 1924. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Deng Xiaoping has received more than 7,082,784 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Deng Xiaoping is the 135th most popular politician (up from 136th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from China (up from 11th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chinese Politician.

Deng Xiaoping is most famous for implementing the "open door" policy, which allowed China to trade with the rest of the world.

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Among politicians, Deng Xiaoping ranks 135 out of 15,577Before him are Bayezid II, Kim Jong-il, Francis I of France, Mehmed IV, Murad II, and George W. Bush. After him are Harry S. Truman, Henry V of England, Abdul Hamid II, Sun Yat-sen, Şehzade Mustafa, and Augusto Pinochet.

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Among people born in 1904, Deng Xiaoping ranks 2Before him is Salvador Dalí. After him are Reinhard Heydrich, Pablo Neruda, Dr. Seuss, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Cary Grant, Umberto II of Italy, B. F. Skinner, Jean Gabin, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Johnny Weissmuller. Among people deceased in 1997, Deng Xiaoping ranks 2Before him is Mother Teresa. After him are James Stewart, Jacques Cousteau, Diana, Princess of Wales, Viktor Frankl, Jeanne Calment, Gianni Versace, Toshiro Mifune, Mobutu Sese Seko, Victor Vasarely, and Anton LaVey.

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Among people born in China, Deng Xiaoping ranks 9 out of 1,392Before him are Qin Shi Huang (-258), Huang Xianfan (1899), Laozi (-604), Sun Tzu (-544), Zheng He (1387), and 14th Dalai Lama (1935). After him are Sun Yat-sen (1866), Kublai Khan (1215), Sima Qian (-145), Xi Jinping (1953), Puyi (1906), and Hu Jintao (1942).


Among politicians born in China, Deng Xiaoping ranks 4Before him are Mao Zedong (1893), Qin Shi Huang (-258), and Huang Xianfan (1899). After him are Sun Yat-sen (1866), Kublai Khan (1215), Xi Jinping (1953), Puyi (1906), Hu Jintao (1942), Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Wu Zetian (624), and Qianlong Emperor (1711).