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World Briefing / China

Mao's grandson a general at 39

September 25, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Mao Tse-tung's only grandson has become the youngest general in the People's Liberation Army at age 39, a Chinese newspaper said.

Military historian Mao Xinyu is the son of Mao's second son, Mao Anqing, who died in 2007.

The younger Mao is a member of the main advisory body to the country's rubber-stamp parliament and is a fierce defender of his grandfather's legacy.

Known around the world as Chairman Mao, Mao Tse-tung led the bloody two-decade-long revolution that overthrew Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists and established the People's Republic of China in 1949.

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