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Chinese children stand to attention during a ceremony to celebrate China Children's Day, Beijing, May 2002 (AP)
China's youth faces a very different future

China's Communist Party has overseen the country's transformation from war-racked poverty in 1949 to emerging Asian superpower.

But the human cost of one-party rule has been high, from the millions who died of famine in the 1950s to the hundreds of unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators killed around Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Click on the sub-headings on the left to read more about key people and events in the last 50 years.

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