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    Deng Xiaoping Signed Time Magazine with Black and White Photograph. 8.25" x 10.75", February 5, 1979. Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping graced the cover of Time magazine after being voted "Man of the Year" by the publication. He was paramount in leading China through cultural and economic reforms. In 1977, he launched the "Beijing Spring", which allowed the general public to voice grievances and criticism towards the government, specifically the Chinese Cultural Revolution that had been launched by Mao Zedong. In the spring of 1979, Deng took his first and only visit to the United States, where he met President Carter and several members of Congress. Deng also visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston, the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, and the Boeing headquarters in Seattle.

    The cover of Time magazine bears the likeness of Deng, and was signed on the evening of January 30, 1979 at a State dinner honoring Deng at the U.S. Capitol. The Chinese leader has signed his name in black ink above the headline, "Teng Comes Calling". The cover has been detached from the text of the magazine, which is included in the lot and contains an exclusive interview with Deng.

    Accompanying the magazine is an 8" x 10", black and white photograph of Deng making a ceremonial toast during the State dinner on January 30, 1979. A letter of provenance that accompanies the piece states that the photograph was taken by the official Senate photographer, as the press and members of the public were not allowed at the event. This is a copy of the official photograph, made by the Senate photographer. It also states that the autograph was obtained by Senator Mark Hatfield in the Capitol Rotunda where the State dinner was held.

    Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997) was born a peasant but rose through the ranks after studying and working in France during the 1920s. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1923 and later became the party's Secretary General during the 1950s. He was key in orchestrating China's economic reform during the late 1950s and early 1960s, but his policies drew the ire of Chairman Mao Zedong. After Mao's death in 1976, he came to power and led the People's Republic of China from 1978 until he stepped down in 1989. During his leadership, Deng was instrumental in opening China to the global market and foreign investment. He can be credited with boosting China into becoming a world power with one of the fastest growing economies, and for raising the standard of living for millions within China.

    Condition: The cover is lightly worn at the edges and corners, but the signature is bold and clear. The magazine text is lightly toned, else very good. The accompanying photograph is fine.


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