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  • By the 1890s, European governments and Japan had claimed large areas of China.
  • This area officially  belongs to my country.
  • The foreign invasions of their country made many Chinese people angry. Their anger fueled a revolution in 1911, and the new government could not control the country.
  • But in 1927, a military leader named Chiang Kai-shek had formed the Nationalist government.
  • Meanwhile, Chiang’s rival, Mao Zedong, gained support from Chinese farmers.
  • That's not all, I also believe in communism, and won power in 1949. We set up the People’s Republic of China on the Chinese mainland.
  • So the Nationalists fled to the island of Taiwan. There, they set up a government called the Republic of China. There are now "Two Chinas"
  • Mao Zedong introduced the Great Leap Forward a few months later. Many peasants left the fields and began working in factories after that. Cities grew rapidly. The program failed, however. Poor planning, natural disasters, and a drop in food production led to widespread starvation.
  • What! It was made to increase China’s industrial output!
  • I hoped to get rid of any cultural elements that did not support my idea of communism.
  • In the late 1960s, scholars such as doctors and teachers were commanded to work on farms and the students were taken from school and sent to the farmlands to work. 
  • But Communist leaders refused! All we wanted to do is to get the Communist government to negotiate with us as an equal
  • Meanwhile, the Republic of China proceeded to the aim of “one China”.  The Nationalist government on Taiwan wanted the mainland Communist government to treat them with peace.
  • Nationalist government at first placed limits on citizens' rights, such as freedom of speech. By 1970, however, they had begun democratic change and grew an economy based more on a free enterprise system.
  • Mao died 6 years later. China's communist leaders relaxed economic controls. People could now keep small manufacturers and sell products for profits. Standards of living improved, and China became a rising global power. Many Chinese, however, wanted American-style democracy. Saying that the Communist Party would continue in charge, China's leaders broke street protests that demanded political change.
  • If you guys didn't know, I died at the age of 82 on September 9, 1976, at  Beijing, China
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