You used to be an extremely strong supporter of Mao Zedong's leadership. What has caused you to turn against him?
When he launched his Great Leap Forward campain,he forced us to change from farming to industry in only five years. We weren't ready and he should have known that. I believe decisions should be practical and sensible and his choice was strongly against my beliefs.
One of your most famous quotes is “It matters not whether a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.” What do you mean by this?
My quote means that I put the recovery of our country over my own socialist views
After Mao Zedong expelled you from the political party because he viewed you as a threat to him, how did you get back into power?
My good friend Zhou Enlai convinced Mao to let me back into the government and I once again gained power. Zhou died and Mao tried to target me again however he died before he could and I became the leader.