Deng Xiaoping and Jimmy Carter sign diplomatic agreements between the United States and China in 1979. All eyes were on the immensely experienced Deng Xiaoping that year. Zeng’s comeback into party leadership was instrumental in prompting and then implementing the economic reforms that in many ways continue today. In 2009 China boasts the world’s third-largest economy and is its second-largest exporter. JIMMY CARTER LIBRARY.
After the death of Mao Zedong in