A let-the-cat-out-of-a-bag story from Time Magazine in 2001 declared that China had already flipped into a Technocracy, leaving Communism in the dust. The article, Revenge of the Nerds stated:
The nerds are running the show in today's China. In the twenty years since Deng Xiaoping's [Ed. Note: count backward to 1978 – 79] reforms kicked in, the composition of the Chinese leadership has shifted markedly in favor of technocrats. …It's no exaggeration to describe the current regime as a technocracy.
After the Maoist madness abated and Deng Xiaoping inaugurated the opening and reforms that began in late 1978, scientific and technical intellectuals were among the first to be rehabilitated. Realizing that they were the key to the Four Modernizations embraced by the reformers, concerted efforts were made to bring the "experts" back into the fold.