Chinese 103-Year-Old Wall Street Emigrant Sees End Of Communism

By Daniel Indiviglio

Zhou Youguang was a child of 6 when a revolution toppled China's last emperor in 1912. He was 43 when he says he left a Wall Street banker's job to help Mao Zedong's Communists create what he thought would be a democracy after decades of warlord rule, occupation and civil war.

Now 103, he has seen China transformed from a country of 368 million being carved up by foreign powers to a nation of 1.3 billion and the world's fastest-growing major economy, expanding at an average annual rate of 9.9 percent from 1978 to 2008. He says he still believes China will eventually become a democracy -- in spite of communism, not because of it.

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