According to reports from Peking the 74 year old politician Teng Hsiao-ping has been reinstated in his former posts.
According to reports from Peking the 74 year old politician Teng Hsiao-ping has been reinstated in his former posts. Mr. Teng lost his positions following a campaign against him by the now discredited Chiang Ching, widow of the late Chairman Mao Tse-tung and her associates in the "Gang of Four".
SYNOPSIS: Although not yet officially endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party, Mr. Teng's rehabilitation has been widely proclaimed on wallposters which have appeared recently in the streets of Peking. Welcoming his return to power they also list his appointments -- Vice Chairman of the Communist Party, Vice Premier, Chief-of-staff and Vice Chairman of the Military Commission. This means that Mr. Teng has been reinstated in all the posts he lost and effectively ranks second in the hierarchy, behind Chairman Hua Kuo-feng.
Mr. Teng's re-appointment confirms reports from Peking that differences concerning his rehabilitation among senior party and military officials have been largely resolved, after uncertainty following the purge of the "Gang of Four" last October. Mr. Teng is known as an advocate of greatly increased trade and technological exchange between China and the developed world, but is said to have a rather poor record in handling diplomatic negotiations. At one time he was tipped as the man most likely to succeed Chairman Mao.
According to observers in Hong Kong, China now seems set on a course of stable leadership with the emphasis on economic construction and external links. Mr. Teng's talents as an organiser and economic planner are said to be badly needed.