Deng Xiaoping's speech in 1978

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Deng Xiaoping delivered an important speech at the closing session of the Central Work Conference on December 13, 1978. The speech in fact became the subject report of the following Third Plenary Session of the l1th CPC Central Committee.

Deng's speech emphasized that: ·Emancipating the mind is an important political issue; ·Democracy is an important precondition for emancipating the mind; ·We should look forward when handling problems from the past; and ·Research needs to be conducted on new social situations in order to solve new issues that have arisen, such as management methods and economic policies. Some districts, entrepreneurs, workers and farmers should be allowed to become rich first.