Hua Guofeng and the Arrest of the ‘Gang’

  • John Gardner
Part of the China in Focus Series book series


As the summer of 1976 progressed, the Left continued its campaign against Deng Xiaoping and his supporters. Considerable resistance to this in many provinces resulted in widespread disorders and contributed to the growth of a mood of gloomy uncertainty as rival factions manoeuvred and battled for supremacy. The succession crisis loomed larger with the announcement, in mid June, of Mao’s effective retirement on health grounds.1 Shortly thereafter, on 6 July, Zhu De died, removing yet one more link with the heroic days of guerrilla communism.


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Notes and References

  1. 11.
    R. Witke, Comrade Chiang Ch’ing, (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1977), pp. 12–14.Google Scholar
  2. 18.
    J. Domes, ‘The “Gang of Four” and Hua Kuo-feng: Analysis of Political Events in 1975–76’, in CQ, September 1977, p. 480.Google Scholar
  3. 25.
    The role of this journal is discussed in some detail in J. Gardner, “Study and Criticism”: The Voice of Shanghai Radicalism’ in C. Howe (ed.), Shanghai: Revolution and Development in an Asian Metropolis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), pp. 326–47.Google Scholar
  4. 29.
    R. Garside, Coming Alive! China After Mao, (London: André Deutsch, 1981), pp. 140–41.Google Scholar

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