In a 1986 interview on 60 Minutes, Deng Xiaoping surprised interviewer Mike Wallace with this quote:
We permit some people and some regions to become prosperous first, for the purpose of achieving common prosperity faster. That is why our policy will not lead to polarization, to a situation where the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.
How has Deng’s prediction fared, 21 years later? China has let a lot of people get rich first. Here is a visual representation of what has happened.