CHINA: Defiant Widow in the Dock

Jiang Qing is challenged by some tough evidence

The star defendant last week at the great show trial in Peking was once again Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Tse-tung and head of China's notorious Gang of Four. In the dock for the third time since the proceedings began on Nov. 20 Jiang seemed calmly defiant and unrepentant as she listened to the most serious charge against her: organizing the persecution of former Head of State Liu Shaoqi during the chaotic Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-76. Liu, who died in disgrace in 1969, was posthumously restored to favor last year.

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