CHINA: Resurrection from the Dustbin

Deng's triumph includes a purge of some old enemies

"Sweep the great renegade of the working class onto the garbage heap!"

"Sweep him into the dustbin of history!"

Those slogans, chanted by Red Guards as they paraded down the streets of Peking in 1967, signaled the downfall of China's pragmatic chief of state Liu Shaoqi (Liu Shao-ch'i); Chairman Mao Tse-tung, who regarded Liu as a rival for power, had deemed him to be the nation's chief enemy. Last week the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, meeting secretly in Peking, reversed Mao's verdict and effectively rewrote the past 13 years...

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