Deng formally announces he'll leave government

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Deng Xiaoping, who renewed ties with the United States and engineered China's modernization drive, announced Thursday he would resign as deputy prime minister is August to make way for a younger group of leaders. By 1985 Mr. Deng plans to relinquish his post as vice-chairman of the Communist Party and his posts on the party's military commission and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

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