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1904: Deng Xiaoping is born in Sichuan Province, China. He is the first-born son of a Hakka landowner. 1920: Deng graduates from Chongqing Preparatory School and he travels with about 80 of his fellow graduates to France to study. He is about 16 years old. Deng has to work in a factory to support himself. He becomes a machinist. He joins a socialist youth organization. 1924: He returns to China and joins the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He becomes an instructor at the Military and Political Academy in Xi'an. 1926: He spends a year in Moscow undergoing Marxist training. At the end of the year he returns to southern China. 1929: He becomes an organizer of the Communist enclave in Guangxi Province in southern China. That enclave failed and Deng joined an enclave led by Mao Zedong in Jiangxi Province. 1933: Due to internal rivalries in the Communist Party Deng is denounced and dismissed from all political offices. He is placed under arrest. His wife divorces him. 1934-35: Deng participates in the Long March and serves as the General Secretary of the Communist Party. 1945-1949: Deng was a leader in the Second Field Army.

1950: Deng travels with Mao Zedong and other top leaders of the Communist Party to Moscow to meet with Stalin. Deng engages some to the Soviet Marxist ideologists in debate and holds his own. 1952: He is appointed Vice Premier in the government of the People's Republic of China. 1956: He is made a member of the Politburo of the CCP. Deng is made head of the Secretariat of the CCP. 1965-1972: Deng is denounced during the Great Cultural Revolution and is sent to work in a factory as a machinist. During the Cultural Revolution Deng's son is thrown from a second floor window and becomes paralized from the waist down. Early 1973: Deng Xiaoping is rehabilitated and brought back to organize the recovery. Mid 1973 to mid 1974: Jiang Qing and her radicals are dominant in the government. July 1974: Mao shifts support to Zhou Enlai and Deng...
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