Zheng Bijian has been one of the most influential thinkers and policy formulators in China during its reform period. In the early 1990s, he worked with Deng Xiaoping collating and publishing Deng's speeches and as vice president of the Party School gave top priority to ensuring that members of the Party were thoroughly familiar with Deng's views, theories and reform agenda. In this important book, which is already available in Chinese, Zheng Bijian sets out his views and relates how his views were formed and developed over the long reform period, including the full text of his important speeches and papers, together with appropriate introductory material. Particular key themes which Zheng Bijian's thought has contributed to China's development are that China should embrace globalization and strengthen its relationship with the rest of the world, and that China's development should be peaceful. 'Zheng Bijian's ideas, actions and vision helped China in its astonishing thirty years growth. Zheng Bijian made a great contribution to envisioning the new role of China in a globalized world. This book is the intellectual story of a great witness of our times' - Roma Prodi, former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy.
Zheng Bijian currently holds a number of posts including Chairman of the China Reform Forum and Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Central Party School, and is a former member of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.