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An American in China

On The Chinese Hiding the Truth-The Great Leap Forward

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 24, 2011

From The Party- (Richard Mcgregor)
As the author Jasper Becker noted in his pioneering English-language account of the disaster in 1996, one of the most remarkable things about the great famine was that for twenty years no one was sure that it had even taken place. It wasn’t until US demographers looked at Chinese population statistics in the early to mid-eighties that the first authoritative estimates that 30 million people had died during the three-year period became widely known.

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