General Wang Ruilin, former deputy head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Political Department, died on Saturday at the age of 88. Photo: Handout

Deng Xiaoping’s top aide in Chinese army, Wang Ruilin, dies aged 88

  • Wang worked for China’s paramount leader off and on for decades, and shared his roller-coaster ride through the Cultural Revolution
  • Funeral ceremony to be held on Monday in Beijing, sources say
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General Wang Ruilin, former deputy head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Political Department, died on Saturday at the age of 88. Photo: Handout
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.