Chu Teh, who commanded the Communist army which made the historic "long march" in the 1930s, has died in Peking, aged 90.
Chu Teh, who commanded the Communist army which made the historic "long march" in the 1930s, has died in Peking, aged 90. With Chu as commander in chief and Mao Tse-Tunt as political commissar, the force of some 100,000 troops, accompanied by women, children and old people, trekked nearly 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) in 1934-35. At the remote province of Shensi, they consolidated their strength and won their revolutionary struggle about 15 years later.
SYNOPSIS: In 1970 Chu was re-elected to the policy-making Politburo. Five years later he met the West German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt in Peking. He was appointed deputy to Chairman Mao-Tse Tung in 1954, but in later years he appeared to be more of a prestige figure than a top administrator.
But he remained China's "grand old soldier" and the foremost military hero of the country. The cultural revolution dented Chu's image. He was accused of backing disgraced head of state Liu Shao-Chi against Chairman Mao. He re-emerged in the early 1970s and stories of his magnetism as a military leader and his devotion to his soldiers became legendary.
In 1972 he attended this celebration marking the long march. It was attended by diplomats from all over the world, and many statesmen closely associated with Chu during his career.
These included the late Chinese premier Chou En Lai.
and the late Tung Pi-wu.
Chu had been receiving visiting heads of states since the announcement that Chairman Mao could no longer do so because of ill health.