China: 30 Year Anniversary Of Deng Xiaoping's Reform

01/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For those who value fine dining, the Yuebin Restaurant, tucked away in a Beijing back alley, might not be their first choice.

With its whitewashed walls and plain furniture, it is not much to look at. The food, too, is simple Beijing home-style cooking.

But the restaurant is more important than it looks. Thirty years ago, China embarked on a reform programme that has transformed the country, and continues to do so today.

The Yuebin was Beijing's first privately-run restaurant to open after the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping began his revolutionary reforms.

Deng's policy shift, called Reform and Opening Up, fundamentally changed the way the Chinese economy functions.

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