“Eight years have passed, this time I come
to see that Shenzhen, Zhuhai and some other localities have undergone rapid development, it is really out of my expectations.
After seeing all this, I've got enhanced confidence."
"From the very outset there were different opinions concerning the establishment of special
economic zones, fearing whether this meant practicing capitalism. Shenzhen's construction achievements have answered those
having worries of one kind or another, the special zone is "socialist", not "capitalist" in nature.”
"Don't be afraid the establishment of more
Sino-foreign cooperative enterprises, Sino-foreign joint ventures and solely foreign-owned businesses. We need not be afraid
so long as we are clear-headed. We have advantages, large and medium-sized State-owned enterprises and township enterprises,
more importantly, we have the political power in our own hands.”
"Failing to adhere to socialism, to carry out reform and opening up, to develop
economy and to improve people's livelihood can only lead up to a blind alley. The basic line governs one hundred years and
must not be shaken.”
“Are such things as securities and stocks
good, do they cause danger, are they things unique to capitalism, can socialism make use of them? It is permissible to judge,
but we must be resolute in having a try. If it proves right, then we put it into practice for one or two years, if again it
proves right, then we should open it; if it proves wrong, we will correct it and close it.”
we are to seize opportunities to promote China's all-round development, it is crucial to expand the economy. The economies
of some of our neighbouring countries and regions are growing faster than ours. If our economy stagnates or develops only
slowly, the people will make comparisons and ask why."
Source: Quotes taken from
“Records of Comrade Deng Xiaoping's
Shenzhen Tour”, published by the People’s
|Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen on 20th January 1992