Complete 7 page APA formatted essay: Gorbachev and Deng Xiaopings reforms:perestroika and Cat and Mice.
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Gorbachev’s Perestroika and Deng Xiaoping’s ‘Whether a cat is black or white makes no difference as long as it catches mice’ themes of reforms constitute a vision towards the end of ideology and predominance of free market forces even in the erstwhile staunch ‘socialist’ countries like Soviet Union and Peoples Republic of China. Deng started this process of massive reforms in 1978 while Gorbachev could begin only in 1986. Moving beyond Mao’s Cultural Revolution was the main concern of reforms brought about by Den Xiaoping. Gorbachev, however, introduced his concept of restructuring the economy of the Soviet Union in the name of Perestroika. His policy of Glasnost or openness was also an integral part of his restructuring as well. The essence of these reforming exercises was largely the movement towards economic liberalization and plausible democratic transparency – to the extent as it augured well with the need for necessary change (Kessler, 1988, 651). Indeed, what Deng could foresee in 1978, Gorbachev and erstwhile Soviet political stalwarts took yet another eight years to conceive! China’s journey to realizing need for globalization began with Deng’s very first visit to United States for meeting President Carter. When USSR started with restructuring economy and polity, China was already way ahead in this process. Does it mean that Deng was better entrenched in the corridors of power in China than Gorbachev in Soviet Union? There can be quite few reasons behind this apparent ‘back bencher’ attitude of the Soviet Union….

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