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Third Plenary Sessions in History


Since the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was held more than three decades ago, China has been cruising on the road to reform and opening-up. Tremendous changes have occurred throughout the country since then. A glance at history reveals that the third plenary session of each CPC Central Committee frequently produced landmark breakthroughs and significant decisions that changed the whole nation. For this reason, the term “Third Plenary Session” has become inextricably linked to China’s reform and opening-up, as well as symbolic of Chinese society’s march towards prosperity.


March 1979: A fashion show of renowned French designer Pierre Cardin is staged at the Cultural Palace of Nationalities in Beijing. It marked the first fashion show ever held after China’s reform and opening-up.  Xinhua

Third Plenary Session of 11th CPC Central Committee: Historic Turning Point (1978)

Held in December 1978, the session put an end to the historic period when Chinese society considered “class struggle as the key link,” and new leadership formed around Deng Xiaoping. Participants of the session also identified construction of a modern nation as their key task. Over the following six years, China embarked on nationwide reform. Reform in the countryside started with the historic household farmland-contract system in Xiaogang Village in eastern China’s Anhui Province. However, during the period, the planned economy was still dominant, since the market economy had just sprouted.




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