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-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
2 Phase 2, 1978 to 2013: The Deng and Deng Successors Phase of Gaining Strengths Through Economic Reforms and Opening Up Without Creating Threats to Other CountriesIn 1984 I had my first direct contact with ChinaPhase 2, 1978 to 2013: The Deng and Deng Successors Phase of Gaining Strengths Through Economic Reforms and Opening Up Without Creating Threats to Other CountriesChapter 6: The Big Cycle of China and Its Currency2020-10-09Journal
Reuniting China by regaining the territories that were taken away during the “Century of Humiliation” was also a very important long-term goal. Progress was made by Deng along these lines when in 1984, after a lot of haggling with the UK, it was agreed that Hong Kong would return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, with its “one country, two systems” approach. Then in 1986 China reached an agreement with Portugal to obtain Macau’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1999.