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Xinhua: What Actually Happened in Eastern Europe in 1989?

The International Herald Leader, a newspaper under Xinhua, published an article commemorating the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe, stating the lesson learned is to continue socialism in China. An official from the government think tank Institute of Russia, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences states, “The lesson learned from the dramatic changes in Eastern Europe is that China should adhere to its own path. Only by better domestic buildup will China not be as vulnerable to external changes. We used to be gravely concerned about such changes in the social system. Now, we have more reason to be confident because China’s economy has made considerable progress. We should always remember that the reform and opening up has always been feasible under the socialist system." 

Source: International Herald Leader, November 9, 2009