"The Four" & events in China 1976: Correction in (5)

Rolf Martens rolf.martens at mailbox.swipnet.se
Sat May 18 05:33:32 MDT 1996


"The Four" & events in China 1976: Correction in (5) [Sent:18.05.96]

On 13.05 I posted a series of articles on the role of the Gang
of Four in the struggle that eventually led to the overthrow of
socialism in China. Parts (4) and (5) contained some quotes
>from a later book by the 1976 Beijing correspondent of the
British Conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Below, an
error in one of these quotes is corrected.

In a section where I quoted the correspondent Clare Hollingworth's
report on events after the Tianamnen demonstration in Beijing
on 5 April 1976, there in the original posting was a puzzling meaning,
on page 5, paragraph 3 in my printout: "Thus a surprising number
of men and women not so much about the sins of the Gang of Four,
which it must be assumed...." By error, some words were missing.
Here I reproduce the paragraph again, now as it should read:

"It then appeared extremely likely that the Gang of Four would take
over after the Chairman died - or even before this happened - and
that once the" [phoney] "radicals were in power the pragmatists
would be silenced forever.Thus a surprising number of men and
women who had been tight-lipped and uncommunicative suddenly
began whispering not so much about the sins of the Gang of Four,
which it must be assumed were well known after the flood of gossip,
but the aims and objectives of the pragmatists in both foreign and
domestic policy."




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