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World reacts to Chinese revolution

"When the sleeping dragon awakes," Napoleon once said of China, "he will shake the world." In the 20th century, multiple upheavals shook the Asian giant. The rule of emperors gave way to civil war and the Communist revolution, closing China to the world. The doors slowly opened in the 1970s with new diplomatic ties and economic reforms. The crackdown on democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in 1989 barely checked China's growth, and today the world's most populous nation is on its way to superpower status. CBC Archives presents China as CBC journalists have seen it over the decades.

Britain is the first world power to recognize China's new Communist regime under Mao.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: Jan. 6, 1950
Reporter: Matthew Halton
Duration: 2:24

Last updated: May 27, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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