CHINA: Teng's Era

The New Long March begins

As if to herald the new year—and a new era, beginning Jan. 1 with ceremonies launching normalization of relations with the U.S.—China's Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-p'ing moved swiftly last week to consolidate his political gains and to accelerate the nation's New Long March to modernization. In a skillful move that further strengthened his hold on the highest level of government, Teng packed the 23-member ruling Politburo with four of his loyal supporters. Foremost among the new members is Teng Ying-ch'ao, 74, the widow of Chou Enlai, Teng's...

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