CHINA: Missing Leader

Hua 's post is in doubt

What ever happened to Hua Guofeng? That question occupied the center of the Peking stage last week, over shadowing that other current piece of political drama, the trial of the Gang of Four.

All week Hua was the object of a crescendo of speculation by Chinese and foreigners alike that he was being forced to step down as Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, theoretically the country's most powerful position. There was no official confirmation — or denial. Nonethe less, it seemed a good bet that some abrupt...

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