CHINA: New Helmsman with an Old Crew

From the huge, ocher-red viewing stand of Peking's vast T'ien An Men Square, China's newly ordained Party Chairman Hua Kuo-feng confidently smiled and waved. Below were assembled more than 1 million representatives of China's proletarian masses, waving placards, paper bouquets and red flags. The well-organized 80-minute demonstration, which was shown on television around the world, marked the official unveiling of China's post-Mao leadership alignment. It also celebrated the end of at least one chapter in a bitter six-week power struggle that saw China's four top radical leaders, including Mao Tse-tung's widow Chiang Ch'ing, disgraced and placed under arrest. Peking editors...

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