China since Mao by Kwan Ha Yim (eds.)

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The Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao reported that Teng had been named premier and that the appointment would be confirmed by a directive later in January. The Central News Agency of Taiwan reported Jan. 13 that Chinese Nationalist intelligence sources were in possession of a Communist directive confirming Teng's reinstatement to the State Council but making no mention of his appointment as premier. Peking, however, kept a lid on the news about power shifts in the high echelons of the Chinese government.

In dealing with the backers of the purged radicals, the editorial said, "We should allow them to correct their mistakes. " "As far as comrades who have made mistakes are concerned, including those who have made serious mistakes, you should implement Chairman Mao's historical teaching, 'Cure the sickness to save the patient,' " the editorial said. Wang had been accused by Jenmin Jih Pao Nov. 24 of having stirred up political strife in Hangchow, site of factional violence that had been quashed by the army in 1975.

The Defeat of the Radicals The Succession Problem With Mao Tse-tung now dead in September 1976, speculation as to who might succeed him centered around the following six persons: • Hua Kuo-feng, who had been named premier in April, was thought to be a logical compromise choice for both radicals and moderates. • Chang Chun-chiao, deputy premier and a former propagandist during the civil war, reportedly had detached himself from the two factions but had the support of many radicals. His experience as party secretary reportedly made him a candidate for Communist Party leadership.

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