70 years of the People's Republic of China

The Big 70: China stood up and became rich. Now, will it be strong again?

The New China's tumultuous transformation from poverty to power culminates in an unprecedented country-wide celebration on Oct 1 as the country marks the 70th anniversary of its "liberation".
The New China's tumultuous transformation from poverty to power culminates in an unprecedented country-wide celebration on Oct 1 as the country marks the 70th anniversary of its "liberation".PHOTO: AFP

China marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday. The Straits Times China bureau looks back at how far the country has come and the challenges it faces as it moves towards achieving the 'great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation'.

Madam Wang Jing, 73, never enjoyed the fruits of the early New China when the Communist Party swept into power in 1949 after a bitter civil war with the Nationalist Party.

She was barred from attending university and later had difficulty landing a job, all because she had the wrong political pedigree.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 29, 2019, with the headline 'China stood up and became rich. Now, will it be strong again?'. Print Edition | Subscribe