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

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Poverty and Power in Peking Politics

December 3, 1977 Poverty and Power in Peking Politics Leo Goodstadt THAT Chinese politics become violently unstable unless the whole of the top leadership has precise responsibilities has been proved by the recent upheaval. The arrest of Mao Tse-tung's widow, Chiang Ching, and three alleged conspirators less than a month after Mao's death in September 1976 has been justified by Peking with millions of words of gross vituperation. The four, taken into custody so unceremoniously, have been made scapegoats for every popular grievance and economic or political error in the present decade. The quartet, now branded the 'Gang of Four', must have enjoyed the evil potency of Satan himself to have worked all the mischief for which they are being blamed.

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