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Introduction

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 links above to read more about key people and events in the last 50 years.

Meeting of China's CPPCC in 2000
China's youth faces a very different future

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