CHINA: Generalissimo's Man

In the mountains near Nanking, amid the wreckage of a transport plane, a charred body lay. A scrap from a woolen sweater, a bodyguard's pistols, the testimony of a grief-stricken aide identified the fire-eaten remains as those of General Tai Li, one of China's most mysterious, most respected and most dreaded men. There was no official announcement of his death. But Lieut. General Cheng Chieh-min, 47, the Government's Moscow-educated G-2 chief, was named to succeed Tai Li as head of China's secret police.

In life, as in death, Tai Li had been...

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