INCONCLUSIVE CHINESE COMMUNIST POLITICAL STRUGGLES DRAG ON

Created: 4/19/1968

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INCONCLUSIVE CHINESE COMMUNIST POLITICAL STRUGGLES DRAG ON

attacks continue to be pressed against unnamed "rightists" in Peking and several provinces, and armed clashespolitical factions continue in some areas. These and other signs of political tensions have been noted since the late March purge of three keylear-cut trend is still not discernible.

Mao Tse-tung's wife Chiangthe most feared and disliked person in Chinato be deeplyin the currentelected Chinese news media have begun to single her out for highly laudatory, but defensive, An editorialpril published by the Peking municipal newspaper and rebroadcastew provincial radio stations vowed to pledge "our lives" to defend not only Mao and Lin Piao, but also Chiang Ching. Neither Peking radio nor the national newspapers have publishedledge or even mentioned the anti-rightist drive. This suggests high-level uncertainty over the handling of such disruptive issues.

One province. Shantung, has justurge of at least three senior officialswithdouble-dealers at highern apparent reference to the dismissed military leaders

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in Peking. Recent poster attacks in Peking on military andleaders in the Pekingand two northern provinces reflect ongoing political conflict in these areas.

This is also suggested byreports of bitter factional fighting in several provinces and in Peking itself. Although the level of disorders generallyin March, this trend seems to have been arrested in recent weeks. Wall posters, confirmed in part by letters, report that hundreds of persons have been killed in recent clashes in Szechwan, Shensi and Liaoning provinces.

The evidence tentativelythat radical forceshave been trying to seizebut are facingfrom elements inwhich they would ratherthan remove. Por example,available Red Guardreported that at awith SzechwanMao and other leaderswere highly critical54th Army commander andleaders in Szechwan"conservative"no action has beenthese .commanders, andsaid she wanted to makein spite of herwas "not against thewas merely trying tohusband's

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