CHINA: The Empress Takes the Stand

Mao's widow defiantly refuses to cooperate and confess

She stood at the witness stand, leaning with studied casualness against the wooden railing, and fixed her partly contemptuous, partly resigned gaze on the panel of judges in front of her. The courtroom was silent. Then, with klieg lights glaring, onetime Actress Jiang Qing gave the most stunning, if also the briefest, performance of her life. Jiang Qing was on the stand to answer questions about her alleged attempt to seize power during the infamous Cultural Revolution. She neither admitted nor denied the charges....

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