Episode 47: Deng Xiaoping

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On this episode, Theresa and Cody talk about one of the most infamous restrictions on personal freedoms in the modern era, China’s one-child policy, and the role it will play in China’s future.

Podcast to recommend: The Explorers (https://explorerspodcast.com/)


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