China: Purges on the Left

Spring came to Peking last week, bringing crocuses to the Imperial Pal ace gardens and Mao-jacketed revolutionaries back into the streets. After a long and severe winter, the city echoed again to the feet of 100,000 mass marchers, who tromped around for two days straight chanting insults at the lat est round of "ambitious right-wingers" — the term invariably used against the enemies of Chairman Mao Tse-tung. This time, there was one significant change. The targets of the taunts, far from being right-wingers, were three top lieutenants of Lin Piao, China's...