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  1. Mao's jet to be sold to make room for parking

    Posted Oct 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Zhuhai Chairman Mao Zedong's personal airliner is on sale after the owner concluded he preferred more parking space to keeping the country's former 'Air Force ... the chairman's last wife. Its British manufacturer sold it to a Pakistani buyer in 1969. It then passed on to Mao. It was apparently one of three Trident jets of the same model that the Chinese air force ...

  2. Tortured for protecting ancient artefacts

    Posted Dec 06th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill For Ma Chengyuan, as for other intellectuals, the blackest years of the communist era were the Cultural Revolution. Chairman Mao Zedong ordered the Red Guards to destroy the 'four olds', including art from the pre-revolutionary era. As they rampaged through the homes of terrified collectors, Ma slept in his office to field telephone calls and sent museum staff ...

  3. Hunan party official is probed in hit-and-run

    Posted Dec 05th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Fang Village chief dead, struck by motorbike and car A senior cadre in the home town of Mao Zedong is being investigated for a hit-and-run death. Liu Yahui, who heads the party discipline unit in Shaoshan, Hunan province, allegedly played a part in the death of Tang Yunkui, chief of Shishan village, last Saturday. Quoting information provided by local police, Xinhua said ...

  4. Mao's vilified widow gets a makeover in TV show

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li The name Jiang Qing has not been heard for a long while on the mainland. As Mao Zedong's flamboyant last wife, she was a member of the notorious Gang of Four, who were ... undergone an image makeover. She is portrayed as an as aspiring young revolutionary, full of love for Mao and compassion for comrades, including late premier Zhou Enlai, who regarded her with much ...

  5. Body of critics

    Posted Jan 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and several colleagues called for the removal of Mao Zedong's corpse from the Mao Mausoleum in Tiananmen Square. The action could easily be labelled a 'counter-revolutionary' crime ... in fact, the personal dictatorship of Mao Zedong... Once Mao had become supreme leader, not only did he fail to promote economic reconstruction vigorously and deliver on the promises ...

  6. 'March of the Volunteers' anthem endured a long route to acceptance

    Posted Sep 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai

    ... in the constitution as soon as Mao Zedong had finished the inauguration of the People's Republic. In fact, the national anthem's journey to formal acceptance is as twisting as the march it portrays, ... of communism and Maoism and the importance of 'raising high Mao Zedong's banner'. The new lines never really caught on and, in 1982, when Deng Xiaoping was firmly in control, ...

  7. Villagers held for throwing ink-filled eggs at national flag

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... each after throwing eggs filled with ink at the portrait of Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square during pro-democracy protests. Paying the price Minimum number of years handed to three men for throwing ink-filled eggs at the Mao portrait in Tiananmen Square in 1989: 16 ...

  8. Creative strokes save artist from persecution

    Posted Mar 27th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Taylor

    ... of life's ironies, it was the strange personality cult constructed around Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution that saved Li from the Red Guards. 'As a painter, I was commissioned to paint portraits of Mao Zedong by factories and government bureaus,' Li says with pride. He wasn't paid money for his efforts but was well treated and well fed. When the Red Guards entered his ...

  9. Gang of Four member Zhang Chunqiao dies

    Posted May 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by former military leader Lin Biao and Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's third wife. Together with Jiang and his close associates in Shanghai, Yao Wenyuan and Wang Hongwen, Zhang formed what became ... was officially blamed for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution, launched by Mao as part of his campaign to consolidate power and purge political rivals within the party. Zhang, born in 1917 ...

  10. Party elders urge leaders to take steps towards political reform

    Posted Feb 21st 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... and economic freedom some 30 years ago. The letter, signed by 16 liberal members of the party old guard, including Li Rui, a former secretary to Mao Zedong, came ahead of the annual gathering ...




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