June 10, 1991 |
Jiang Qing was a Hitler, and the suicide last month of the widow of the late Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung was well-deserved, said an official newspaper commentary on her death. "The witch has committed suicide," said Shanghai's Liberation Daily. "But it goes without saying that death cannot expiate her crimes." The death May 14 of the former Shanghai actress who ruthlessly wielded power to push the ultra-leftist cause was announced officially last week.
June 9, 1991 |
One of the most fervent hopes of Chinese people today, at least in the cities, is that the old-guard Communist leadership will die off quickly. Young people in Beijing comment sarcastically that, "I've been in a bad mood for a long time, and just realized that it's because the radio hasn't been carrying much funeral music recently." But the death of Mao Tse-tung's widow, Jiang Qing, is certainly not going to get the Chinese people excited.
June 5, 1991 |
Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Tse-tung and fiery leader of radical leftists during China's chaotic Cultural Revolution, committed suicide at home last month, the government announced Tuesday. Jiang, 77, nearly achieved supreme power in 1976 while Chairman Mao lay on his deathbed. But she was arrested by political rivals just one month after his death and never regained real freedom.
June 4, 1991 |
Jiang Qing, widow of China's Chairman Mao Tse-tung and ringleader of the infamous Gang of Four, reportedly committed suicide last month in the suburban Beijing villa where she had been under house arrest for 10 years, Time magazine reported Monday. The magazine said that Jiang, 77, a well-known actress before marrying Mao in the late 1930s, was known to have throat cancer and may have wished to shorten her suffering.
December 29, 1988
Chinese authorities denied a report in a Chinese newspaper, the China Daily, that Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Tse-tung, is critically ill. "Jiang Qing is suffering from ordinary diseases of old age. She is not in danger," a Ministry of Justice spokesman said. The spokesman also denied a Chinese publication's report earlier that Jiang, 74, was no longer in custody and was being treated in a Beijing hospital for throat cancer.
December 20, 1988
Mao Tse-tung's widow, Jiang Qing, has been freed from prison and is being treated for throat cancer at a Beijing hospital, an official magazine reported. Chinese Youth, a monthly publication of the Communist Youth League, made the disclosure in its latest edition in reply to a letter. It gave no further details. Jiang, 74, a former Shanghai actress, and three radical allies, known as the Gang of Four, were arrested soon after the death of Mao in 1976.