March 8, 1998 |
As sex and politics danced a pas de deux in the Beijing of Mao Tse-tung, the self-indulgence of the top leader spanned the personal and the political, and private excesses had consequences for bystanders and public policy. Despite enormous differences in the Chinese and U.S. political systems, Mao's conduct may provide some insights into President Bill Clinton's alleged problem. Jiang Qing, like Hillary Rodham Clinton, had a career (stage and screen) that she gave up for her husband's sake.
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.
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.
January 12, 1987 |
Jiang Qing, Mao Tse-tung's widow and leader of the Gang of Four that presided over purges during the 1966-76 Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, is suffering from cancer and near death, according to a newspaper that reached Peking today. "Jiang Qing, serving a jail term on charges she took part in a counterrevolutionary organization, is undergoing treatment for cancer of the throat in a high-grade individual ward in a Peking hospital," said a report in the Dec.
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 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.