ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Chou's Successor GPD IT is necessary to recognise at the outset that non-confirmation of Teng Hsiao- ping as the Prime Minister is not as surprising as it appears. Hua Kuo- feng's nomination is certainly quite a surprise. A relatively unknown sixth Vice-Premier, in charge of public security and agriculture, Hua Kuo-feng never appeared to be a serious contender for the post of the Prime Minister. The New China News Agency has also made it known that Hua's appointment as the acting Prime Minister was done at Mao's behest. The old man of Hunan has appointed a fellow Hunanese to command the forces in the battle he surely has to fight now. The issue as to who is going to lead China is now open.

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