China since Mao by Kwan Ha Yim (eds.)

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Mao had told the four purged radicals on four different occasions-July 17, 1974, Dec. 24, 1974, April 1975, and May 3, 1975-not to "form a small faction of four people," according to the article. The reference to betraying national secrets was apparently a reference to a series of interviews that Chiang Ching had given to an American scholar, Roxane Witke, in August 1972. In another article Jenmin Jih Pao Dec. 18 accused the four of having reworded a critical quotation by Mao and of publishing it Sept.

Moving Toward Purges Amidst the growing political unrest, the Chinese government Dec. 2 decided to dismiss Foreign Minister Chiao Kuanhua and replace him with Huang Hua. Huang had been head of China's delegation to the United Nations since Peking was admitted to the world body in 1971. He had previously served as ambassador to Ghana, Egypt and Canada. A Hsinhua announcement Dec. 3 gave no reason for Chiao's ouster but said that Deputy Premier Li Hsien-nien had made an "explanatory statement" at the committee meeting, the first in nearly two years.

24 of having stirred up political strife in Hangchow, site of factional violence that had been quashed by the army in 1975. The government's call for easing the campaign against the followers of the "Gang ofFour" contrasted with an appeal the previous week by Chieh Fang Chun Pao (Liberation Army Daily) for a continuation of that drive. The army paper had demanded an "all-out people's war" to "settle accounts thoroughly" with them and their backers. "To be benevolent with them would be a crime against the people," the journal said.

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